How effective are lower extremity compression devices for reducing DVT risk after a stroke?
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Evidence does not support the routine use of graduated compression stockings (GCS) to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after acute stroke. The occurrence of skin breaks, ulcers, blisters, and skin necrosis increases significantly in patients wearing GCS. No data support the routine use of intermittent compression devices to reduce the risk of DVT after acute stroke (SOR: A, based on RCTs).
Evidence Based Practice 14(3): 10-11.