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Deep venous thrombosis, Pulmonary embolus, Trauma, Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis



  1. Macatangay, Chona RN, BSN, CCRN
  2. Todd, S. Rob MD, FACS
  3. Tyroch, Alan H. MD, FACS


Purpose: Intermittent pneumatic compression devices provide a safe and attractive means of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis. We hypothesized that intermittent pneumatic compression devices were inadequate prophylaxis secondary to noncompliance.


Methods: This was a prospective double-blind study evaluating compliance with intermittent pneumatic compression devices in nonambulatory adult trauma patients. Compliance was evaluated for the first 3 days of admission. The study consisted of two 3-month stages (before and after hospital personnel education on the importance of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis).


Findings: During the first stage, device compliance was 85%, 59%, and 74% in the intensive care unit, surgical ward, and overall, respectively. Following hospital personnel education, device compliance was 82%, 65%, and 77% in the intensive care unit, surgical ward, and overall, respectively. There was no significant difference in compliance between the 2 stages.


Conclusions: With inadequate compliance and the cost attributed with intermittent pneumatic compression devices, other means of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis should be considered first, specifically low-molecular-weight heparin if not contraindicated.