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Evid Based Nurs 7:86 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.3.86
  • Treatment

Review: elastic compression stockings prevent post-thrombotic syndrome in patients with deep venous thrombosis


 
 Q Are non-pharmaceutical interventions effective and safe for preventing post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) in patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

METHODS

GraphicData sources:

Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Diseases Specialised Trials Register (January 2003), which is based on searches of Medline and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (2002); hand searches of Scripta Phlebologica (1993–2000), J Thromb Haemost (2003), conference proceedings, and citations of identified studies; and experts in the field.

GraphicStudy selection and assessment:

randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or clinical controlled trials that compared medical elastic stockings (pressure 20–30 mm Hg or 30–40 mm Hg at the ankle), compression bandages, or bed rest with control (no intervention or placebo stockings) in patients with objectively diagnosed DVT. Studies …

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