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Randomised controlled trial
Low-pressure, knee-length compression stockings provide most comfort with no effect on thrombosis risk
  1. Muhammad Shafique Sajid
  1. Department of General, Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Worthing Hospital, Worthing, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Muhammad Shafique Sajid, Department of General, Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2DH, UK; surgeon1wrh{at}hotmail.com

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Implications for practice and research

  • Routine use of low-pressure knee-length graduated compression stockings could be implemented for surgical patients because of good compliance, with no impact on thrombosis risk.

  • Multicentre randomised controlled trials recruiting a diverse range of hospitalised patients should be undertaken to validate the findings.

Context

The reported prevalence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in hospitalised and surgical patients is 25% and 29%, respectively, with symptomatic pulmonary embolism of 3% resulting in 30-day mortality of 3–6%.1 ,2 Consequent post-thrombotic syndrome in approximately 43% of patients is a debilitating morbidity.1 ,2 Ayhan and colleagues randomised controlled trial briefly reported various modalities …

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