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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.
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, many patients with stroke …
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