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venous thromboembolism prophylaxis

Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Jia-Xuan Xu, Jun Dong, Hong Ren, Xiao-Jie Chen, Yong Yang, Ren-Xiong Chen, Guo-Dong Wang, Hong-Zhi Wang
PURPOSE: The occurrence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in Chinese cancer patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) for postoperative care is poorly characterized. This study was designed to investigate the incidence of VTE in this polulation and to evaluate the utility of the Caprini score in risk stratification. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 2127 consecutive adult patients admitted to a 10-bed surgical ICU in a tertiary care academic hospital during a 4-year period (January 1,2013 to December 31,2016)...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Ombretta Annibali, Mariasanta Napolitano, Giuseppe Avvisati, Sergio Siragusa
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) frequently complicates the course of hematologic malignancies (HM) and its incidence is similar to that observed in high-risk solid tumors. Despite that, pharmacologic prophylaxis and treatment of VTE in patients with HM is challenging, mainly because a severe thrombocytopenia frequently complicates the course of treatments or may be present since diagnosis, thus increasing the risk of bleeding. Therefore, in this setting, safe and effective methods of VTE prophylaxis and treatment have not been well defined and hematologists generally refer to guidelines produced for cancer patients that give indications on anticoagulation in patients with thrombocytopenia...
April 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Brandon Cave, Augustus Hough, Paul P Dobesh
Prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalized acutely ill medical patients is a well-established practice. Despite the increased use of inpatient prophylaxis, the duration of hospitalization is typically shorter than the duration of VTE prophylaxis provided in clinical trials. In addition, VTE events after hospitalization are not unusual, with the majority of events occurring within 30 days of hospital discharge. Therefore, the 30-day time period post discharge has been identified as a stage in which patients are still at high-risk of developing VTE...
March 15, 2018: Pharmacotherapy
Antonella Tufano, Giovanni Di Minno
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March 14, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Patrick B Murphy, Kelly N Vogt, Brandyn D Lau, Jonathan Aboagye, Neil G Parry, Michael B Streiff, Elliott R Haut
Importance: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the most preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in US hospitals, and approximately 2.5% of emergency general surgery (EGS) patients will be diagnosed with a VTE event. Emergency general surgery patients are at increased risk of morbidity and mortality because of the nature of acute surgical conditions and the challenges related to prophylaxis. Observations: MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Database of Collected Reviews were searched from January 1, 1990, through December 31, 2015...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Haixia Zhou, Yuehong Hu, Xiaoqian Li, Lan Wang, Maoyun Wang, Jun Xiao, Qun Yi
AIM: The optimal risk assessment model (RAM) to stratify the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in medical inpatients is not known. We examined and compared how well the Padua Prediction Score (PPS) and the Caprini RAM stratify VTE risk in medical inpatients. METHODS: We undertook a retrospective case-control study among medical inpatients admitted to a large general hospital in China during a 4-year period. In total, 902 cases were confirmed to have VTE during hospitalization and 902 controls were selected randomly to match cases by medical service...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Nitin Agarwal, Georgios A Zenonos, Prateek Agarwal, Frank J Walch, Eileen Roach, Sandra J Stokes, Robert M Friedlander, Peter C Gerszten
BACKGROUND: Pharmacological prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the neurosurgical population is still a matter of debate, as the risk-to-benefit ratio is not well defined. OBJECTIVE: To further evaluate the risk-to-benefit ratio of VTE prophylaxis (VTEP) for all neurosurgical procedures. METHODS: A prospective evaluation was performed after the initiation of a VTEP protocol for 11 436 patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures over 24 mo...
March 9, 2018: Neurosurgery
Audrey A Merriam, Yongmei Huang, Cande V Ananth, Jason D Wright, Mary E D'Alton, Alexander M Friedman
OBJECTIVE:  This article evaluates trends in venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis during delivery hospitalizations in the United States. METHODS:  We utilized an administrative database to determine if women hospitalized for vaginal or cesarean delivery received pharmacologic VTE prophylaxis, mechanical VTE prophylaxis, or both from January 2011 through March 2015. Mechanical prophylaxis included sequential compression devices, graduated compression stockings, and other pneumatic devices...
February 2, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Diren Arsoy, Nicholas J Giori, Steven T Woolson
BACKGROUND: The use of chemoprophylaxis to prevent thromboembolic disease after primary THA and TKA can be associated with postoperative bleeding complications. Mechanical prophylaxis has been studied as an alternative to chemoprophylaxis with greater safety in patients undergoing THA, but no data have been published comparing the safety of chemoprophylaxis versus mechanical methods for patients undergoing TKA. The risk of readmission resulting from bleeding and venous thromboembolism (VTE) has also not been determined for patients undergoing THA or TKA when treated with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) alone compared with mechanical prophylaxis plus aspirin (ASA)...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Victor O Popoola, Brandyn D Lau, Esther Tan, Dauryne L Shaffer, Peggy S Kraus, Norma E Farrow, Deborah B Hobson, Jonathan K Aboagye, Michael B Streiff, Elliott R Haut
PURPOSE: Results of a study to characterize patterns of nonadministration of medication doses for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention among hospitalized patients are presented. METHODS: The electronic records of all patients admitted to 4 floors of a medical center during a 1-month period were examined to identify patients whose records indicated at least 1 nonadministered dose of medication for VTE prophylaxis. Proportions of nonadministered doses by medication type, intended route of administration, and VTE risk categorization were compared; reasons for nonadministration were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Ewa Zabrocka, Marek Z Wojtukiewicz, Ewa Sierko
Advanced cancer patients in hospice are at notably increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to age, local and distal advancement of the malignancy and bed confinement, among other factors. Asymptomatic VTE prevalence among palliative care patients has been found to reach 50%, whereas the clinically overt form occurs in 10%. Hospice patients are frequently given medications increasing VTE risk, for instance megestrol which is a drug commonly used in cancer cachexia. Many of the available guidelines encourage the implementation of thromboprophylaxis (TPX) in cancer patients, e...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Robert F Łukaszuk, Krzysztof Plens, Anetta Undas
BACKGROUND: Underuse of thromboprophylaxis in hospitalized medical patients is still common worldwide. Little is known about the use of thromboprophylaxis in patients with pulmonary diseases in everyday hospital practice. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the use of pharmacological prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in real-life patients with pulmonary diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, 2 validated scoring systems, i...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Hayden N Box, Sean Shahrestani, Michael H Huo
Venous thromboembolic disease (VTED) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Current VTED prophylaxis protocols consist of early mobilization, mechanical compression devices, and pharmacologic agents. Venous phasic flow-regulated below-knee devices are generally favored, but the optimal duration and method of mechanical prophylaxis is unknown. Risk stratification models have been developed to guide pharmacologic prophylaxis. For patients with standard VTED risk profile, aspirin has become increasingly popular...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
A Kotaska
Based on prediction models and expert opinion, most obstetric venous thromboembolism guidelines recommend low-molecular-weight heparin for many postpartum women, including most delivering by caesarean. Scrutiny reveals major oversights: prediction models are based on studies that report asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis; risk estimates are not adjusted for time exposure; and harm caused by heparin has been overlooked. The benefits of heparin are exaggerated and its harms are under-appreciated. Estimates of the numbers-needed-to-treat and harm are universally lacking...
March 7, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mohammed A Almustafa, Alistair M Ewen, Angela H Deakin, Frederic Picard, Jon V Clarke, Fahd F Mahmood
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a debilitating complication of lower limb arthroplasty with significant morbidity and increased costs. Numerous risk factors are associated with SSI. METHODS: In an effort to identify novel risk factors for SSI, we undertook a retrospective cohort study of 1832 primary total hip arthroplasties and 2100 primary total knee arthroplasties performed in our high volume arthroplasty unit over a 2-year period. RESULTS: Two risk factors were identified for SSI following total hip arthroplasty: body mass index ≥30 and peri-operative blood transfusion...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Majed S Al Yami, Sawsan Kurdi, Ivo Abraham
Background: Standard-duration (7-10 days) thromboprophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin, low dose unfractionated heparin, or fondaparinux in hospitalized medically ill patients is associated with ~50% reduction in venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk. However, these patients remain at high risk for VTE post-discharge. The direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) apixaban, rivaroxaban and betrixaban have been evaluated for extended-duration (30-42 days) thromboprophylaxis in this population...
2018: Journal of Blood Medicine
Ben Jacobs, Peter K Henke
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains a significant mortal and morbid disease. The major risks have not changed and many patients present with unprovoked VTE disease. Prevention of VTE in hospitalized patients depends on comprehensive risk factor assessment, with an individual risk score. Proper and timely prophylaxis with mechanical, pharmacologic, or both is then effective. Treatment of VTE with parenteral anticoagulation followed by either a direct oral anticoagulant or warfarin is standard to reduce risk of VTE recurrence and death...
April 2018: Surgical Clinics of North America
Luca Depietri, Marco Marietta, Stefania Scarlini, Matteo Marcacci, Elena Corradini, Antonello Pietrangelo, Paolo Ventura
International guidelines recommend the use of pharmacological prophylaxis in hospitalized medical patients at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The same international guidelines suggest the employment of standardized risk assessment models (RAMs) when evaluating the administration of pharmacological prophylaxis in acutely ill medical patients. The Padua Prediction Score and the Improve Bleeding Score have been indicated as the best available RAMs to predict thrombotic and haemorrhagic risk in hospitalized medical patients, but it is still unknown whether their combined use may lead to a significant reduction in thrombotic and haemorrhagic events...
March 3, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Daniel C Thomas, Brian N Arnold, Jessica R Hoag, Michelle C Salazar, Daniel J Boffa, Frank C Detterbeck, Anthony W Kim, Justin D Blasberg
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the risk factors and timing of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer, and there is limited data to formulate guidelines for extended VTE prophylaxis after hospital discharge. This study sought to identify risk factors for post-discharge VTE following lung resection. METHODS: Patients undergoing anatomic resection for lung cancer were identified in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database from 2005-2015...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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