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Bon Voyage! Travelling with a bleeding disorder

Travelling is often an adventure and sometimes a challenge. In today’s world, people with
bleeding disorders work in all professions and many practice self-care. Therapies are easily
transported, and specialized emergency care is now available in many parts of the world. Due to these major advances in care and treatment, there is no longer any reason to pass up the opportunity to travel.

Having a bleeding disorder does, however, pose added challenges, for example:
  • getting through airport security and border crossings with factor products, needles
  • and syringes
  • ƒƒpacking bulky clotting factor concentrates
  • ƒƒensuring you carry medical information in case of a medical emergency
  • ƒƒknowing where to find medical care in a faraway place
  • ƒƒarranging for special travel needs
  • ƒƒobtaining travel insurance.

With the right planning these challenges can usually be overcome. The goal of Bon Voyage! Travelling with a bleeding disorder is to help people with bleeding disorders reduce the risks of travel so they can enjoy their adventure to its fullest.

You can consult the online brochure by downloading the pdf below.


Powerpoint presentation for workshop

Workshop guidelines

This module also includes a very useful wallet travel card that contains information about how to access care and treatment when away from home. Among other things, and especially to help globetrotters, the wallet card contains 16 key phrases in English, French and Spanish that can be used in an emergency situation. Here’s an example:

I am having a bleed. Please give treatment with factor concentrate (or desmopressin) immediately and investigate later.

J’ai une hémorragie. Veuillez m’administrer du concentré de facteur (ou de la desmopressine) sans tarder et investiguez ensuite.

Estoy sangrando. Adminístreme de inmediato concentrado de factor (o de la desmopresina) e investigue después.

Please contact your hemophilia treatment centre if you wish to receive a wallet travel card.