DBT Corporate Travel Information - Travel
Deep Vein Thrombosis
* There has been a lot of talk in the media
recently about Deep Vein Thrombosis or Economy Class Syndrome.
* The condition, which can be fatal, is a
clot, which blocks the flow of blood to vital organs. It
is caused by injury to a vein or poor circulation caused
by inactivity or prolonged bed rest.
* The most susceptible to this condition
are the elderly, the overweight, pregnant women and people
born without the correct blood thinning agents.
* Several airlines have conducted their own
research and take the matter seriously, but point out that
the condition is not peculiar to one class of travel or
specifically to air travel.
* We suggest you talk to your doctor before
embarking on long haul flights and heed their advice. Airline
medical staff suggests that taking half an aspirin three
days before the flight and wearing compression stockings
* While on a long flight, make sure you drink
a lot of nonalcoholic fluid and exercise regularly. While
in your seat rotate your feet and hands and exercise your
neck. Get up and walk around the plane every hour or so
and you'll be contributing to good airplane health.