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Review: wearing graduated compression stockings during air travel reduces the risk of deep venous thromboembolism

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Q In the general population, does prophylactic use of graduated compression stockings during air travel reduce the rate of flight related venous thromboembolism?


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Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Drugs and Pharmacology, CINAHL, Current Contents, ISI Web of Science, Cochrane Library (Issue 1, 2004), bibliographies of relevant articles, hand searches of relevant journals, trial registries (eg, UK National Research Register and Current Controlled Trials at, and stocking manufacturers (last search March 2004).

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that were published in English or Chinese and compared prophylactic use of any type of graduated compression stockings with no prophylaxis or another method, such as aspirin or low molecular weight heparin, for prevention of thromboembolism …

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  • For correspondence: Dr F P Lee, Department of Nursing, Fooyin University, Kaohsuing, Taiwan. fplee{at}

  • Source of funding: not stated.