Deep venous thrombosis Doppler screening in critically ill patients: is it justified?
© Vlachou et al. 2011
Published: 1 March 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of asymptomatic deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in long-stay critically ill patients.
Over an 8-month period, 53 patients were admitted and anticipated to stay in the ICU for >48 hours. DVT prophylaxis was provided using low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) or a sequential leg compression device as medically indicated. Patients had a baseline Duplex Ultrasound Screening (DUS) examination on admission and screening on a weekly basis regardless of clinical or laboratory evidence for DVT. Demographics and ultrasound data were also collected.
According to our results the application of DUS screening in ICU patients seems to be justified for early, accurate diagnosis of silent DVT and appropriate therapy.
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