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tromboembolic events in knee replacement

Maarten J Postma, Bregt S Kappelhoff, Marinus van Hulst, Jacobus R B J Brouwers
OBJECTIVES: Dabigatran etexilate is a new oral direct thrombin inhibitor for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients who have elective surgery for total hip replacement (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR). Among the advantages of dabigatran etexilate over subcutaneous prophylaxis with Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) are reduced resource uses for (i) teaching patients to self-inject; (ii) home-care visits for subcutaneous administration; and (iii) absence of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)...
2012: Journal of Medical Economics
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