How effective are lower extremity compression devices for reducing DVT risk after a stroke?
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How effective are lower extremity compression devices for reducing DVT risk after a stroke? Evidence-Based Answer: Graduated compression stockings (GCS) are no more effective than best medical management (such as anticoagulation therapy, early mobilization and hydration) at reducing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) risk after a stroke (SOR: A, meta-analysis). However, thighlength intermittent pneumatic compression devices (IPC) using sequential circumferential compression at a frequency determined by venous refill time may decrease the risk of DVT after stroke (SOR: B, inconsistent results from meta-analysis of RCTs and single larger RCT).
Evidence Based Practice 17(12): 12