Attitudes to the use of prophylaxis for thrombo-embolism in neurosurgical patients.

  title={Attitudes to the use of prophylaxis for thrombo-embolism in neurosurgical patients.},
  author={Kanna K. Gnanalingham and Jeremy P. Holland},
  journal={Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia},
  volume={10 4},
Neurosurgical patients are at significant risk of thromboembolic complications. A survey of 58 consultant neurosurgeons in United Kingdom confirmed that 84.5% regularly used some form of prophylaxis. For all forms of neurosurgery, the most preferred method of prophylaxis was mechanical (graduated compression stockings-TEDS and intra-operative pneumatic calf compressors-IPC) or in the post-operative period a combination of mechanical methods and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). LMWH was… CONTINUE READING


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