by Yandee Vazquez, Head Editor, INALJ Texas
Deep Vein Thrombosis and the Workplace
This is a bit of a public service announcement on a topic that is rarely mentioned but can be pertinent to us: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This is a condition where a clot forms in a deep vein in the body, generally the legs, and, if it breaks off, can block blood flow to the lungs, brain or other vital organs.
I bring this up because of the fairly sedentary nature of our work. As information professionals we spend a lot of time sitting down: in front of computers, working with patrons, during meetings. Even those that aren’t employed can face this problem as the nature of job hunting is often centered around sitting at a computer.
- sit for long periods of time,
- have had an injury or surgery,
- are pregnant or have given birth in the last 6 months,
- take hormonal birth control,
- are overweight or obese,
- are older than 60 (though clots can happen at any age),
- are a taller man,
then you may have a higher risk of developing DVT.
How to help prevent DVT? Move whenever possible. Stretch out your calves in your seat if you can’t stand. Get up for a minute or two and straighten out a few shelves, or see if a patron needs help. Simply moving can help prevent DVT.
I don’t bring this up to be alarmist, but in the hope that something simple will help us improve our quality of life.