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Thromboembolic prophylaxis in plastic surgery: an appraisal.

Authors
  • Dujon, D G
  • Chatzis, L A
  • Hart, N B
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of plastic surgery
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1992
Volume
45
Issue
6
Pages
418–420
Identifiers
PMID: 1393245
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A survey by questionnaire was conducted amongst consultant plastic surgeons in the UK: 54 replies were received (44% response rate). Three consultants (5.5%) never used any form of DVT prophylaxis. The other 51 (94%) used some form of prophylaxis in at-risk patients. The methods used were found to be diverse. Ten respondents belonged to units with fixed policies for prophylaxis. A controlled trial is suggested to provide statistical evidence of the need for thromboembolic prophylaxis among plastic surgical patients. We believe there is a need for units to develop fixed protocols for the prevention of thromboembolism in at-risk patients.

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