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Paper Chase #1 - Pneumatic Compression for VTE Prophylaxis

Tom Robertson, MD and Steve Biederman, MD
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To evaluate whether adjunctive intermittent pneumatic compression in critically ill patients receiving pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis would result in lower incidence of deep-vein thrombosis than pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis alone.

 

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Plus the added benefit of getting them off SCDs lowers their fall risk. I can't count the number of patients I've found trying or even succeeding in getting out of bed by themselves with SCDs still on and plugged in.
Also, some hate the SCDs, the constant massage is distracting to their sleep, or the SCD machine beeping keeps them up, and so they may be turned off for a few hours at night (or even during the day) to allow the pt to get some sleep.
If the patient can have chemoprophylaxis for blood blots, that is the better way to go.

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