The American Venous Forum (AVF) believes that reducing death and disability due to venous disease must become a healthcare priority. This program of screening and education will broaden understanding about the prevalence of venous disease and ultimately reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with venous disorders. Using the Screening Kit, each live screening includes:
Educational materials on venous disease, prevention and treatment will be distributed to participants at the time of screening.
The National Venous Screening Program was designed to promote a nationwide focus on venous disorders such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous thromboembolism. The primary goal of the National Venous Screening Program is to create a heightened level of national awareness about venous problems similar to that for heart disease and arterial vascular disease. The AVF believes that venous disease must become a national healthcare priority.
The screening program uses simple, non-invasive ultrasound techniques and a risk assessment tool to evaluate for venous disease. The screening process for participants consists of four simple steps: completion of a brief demographic questionnaire; assessment of venous VTE risk and venous-specific quality of life; abbreviated venous ultrasound exam; and lower extremity inspection for signs of chronic venous insufficiency. Participants receive a report card as well as disease-specific educational materials during the exit interview. Those screened are encouraged to share their results with their primary care provider.
Screening Kits are available for purchase online. Each Screening Kit includes:
The Tool Kit is a very resourceful document that contains data management tools and media communication guidelines that will help individual centers screening program. The Program Management section contains information about the program itself, and the media communication section is designed to assist with media relations.