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Randomised controlled trial
Intermittent pneumatic compression is effective in reducing proximal DVT
  1. Kwok Ming Ho, Yusra Harahsheh
  1. Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia and Murdoch university, Perth, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Kwok Ming Ho, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia and Murdoch University, Perth, WA 6000, Australia; kwok.ho{at}health.wa.gov.au

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Implications for practice and research

  • Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) is effective in reducing proximal deep vein thrombosis and should be used for all immobile patients with stroke, unless cost is a major concern.

  • The cost-effectiveness of IPC in different types of medical patients remains uncertain; future randomised controlled trials on IPC should be powered by cost-effectiveness.

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in hospitalised patients, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Although pharmacological thromboprohylaxis is effective in reducing VTE, …

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