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Table 2 Use of pneumatic compression devices (PCD) and thromboembolic stockings (TEDs) for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in the intensive care unit (ICU) as reported by 29 Canadian ICU Directors

From: Prevention and diagnosis of venous thromboembolism in critically ill patients: a Canadian survey

  PCD TEDs
All ICU patients 4 (12.5) 1 (3.1)
High risk of VTE (e.g. spinal cord injury) 7 (21.9) 1 (3.1)
Active bleeding 11 (34.4) 17 (53.1)
Recent bleeding 12 (37.5) 17 (53.1)
High risk of bleeding (e.g. coagulopathy) 7 (21.9) 17 (53.1)
Possible heparin-induced thrombocytopenia 5 (15.6) 8 (25.0)
Never 11 (34.4) 8 (25.0)
  1. Data presented as n (%). Respondents may have endorsed more than one reason for utilization.