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Randomised controlled trial
Intermittent pneumatic compression is effective in reducing proximal DVT
  1. Kwok Ming Ho1,2,3,
  2. Yusra Harahsheh1
  1. 1Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital
  2. 2School of Population Health, University of Western Australia
  3. 3School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, Murdoch University
  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}

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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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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The author affiliations have been corrected.

  • Competing interests None declared.