Too few joint patients get clot busting drugs after discharge

Spurgeon, David
June 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/14/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7657, p1330
Academic Journal
The article reports on research which was published in the "Canadian Medical Association Journal". The research found that less than one in five elderly patients in Canada received anticoagulants after discharge from hospitals following hip or knee replacement surgery, and that such patients are at high risk of developing venous thromboembolism. The research also indicated that patients who were prescribed anticoagulants had a lower risk of short term mortality, and that additional research was needed on the benefits of and barriers to thromboprophylaxis after discharge from hospitals.


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