TITLE

2010 - Review: Heparin and mechanical compression are similar in reducing postsurgical VTE risk, but heparin increases bleeding

AUTHOR(S)
White, Richard H.
PUB. DATE
July 2010
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;7/20/2010, Vol. 153 Issue 1, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents the author's views on a research study which found that mechanical compression, subcutaneous heparin increases bleeding but does not reduce venous thromboembolism (VTE) in postoperative and trauma patients. The author opines that he would remain skeptical about the efficacy of mechanical compression unless rigorous studies confirm that patients can wear compression devices for an extended period and have fewer objectively defined VTE events compared with heparin.
ACCESSION #
53276848

 

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