Media Advisory - Pat Quinn and Dr. Pervez Ali talk from the hip about VTE



    
     Former NHL coach and orthopedic surgeon discuss deep vein thrombosis
     in a fun and interactive briefing session at the Hockey Hall of Fame
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - The number of patients undergoing major
orthopedic surgery is on the rise as the population ages. Knee and hip
replacement patients are at particular risk for venous thromoembolic events
(VTE), or blood clots. Olympic hockey coach, Pat Quinn and orthopedic surgeon,
Dr. Pervez Ali will be at the Hockey Hall of Fame to provide you with a unique
perspective on these issues and to challenge you to a high-stakes game of
Trauma Centre - a Nintendo Wii game that imitates life in the operating room.

    
    What    In a race against time, media will be tasked with repairing
            wounds and preventing virtual patients from dying - something
            surgeons do every day.

            Prior to the game-off, a briefing will be held with Mr. Quinn and
            Dr. Ali who will discuss:

            -  Why the rising rates of hip and knee replacement surgeries in
               Canada are putting more people at risk of developing deadly
               venous blood clots
            -  How to address the gap in treatment that exists in preventing
               these blood clots
            -  The need for more patient education prior to surgery

    Who     Interviews and photo opportunities available with:
            -  Pat Quinn, newly appointed coach of the men's national junior
               hockey team
            -  Dr. Pervez Ali, orthopedic surgeon practicing at the
               Scarborough Hospital

    Where   Hockey Hall of Fame
            Esso Theatre
            Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street
            Toronto, Ontario

    When    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

            8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast

            9:00 a.m. - 9:30 - Briefing

            9:30 a.m. - 10:30 - Trauma Centre Game-off
    




For further information:

For further information: or to RSVP, please contact Ethan Pigott, Hill &
Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4744, ethan.pigott@hillandknowlton.ca; Leigha
Cotton, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 413-4757,
leigha.cotton@hillandknowlton.ca

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