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Survey of the use of thromboprophylaxis in laparoscopic surgery in denmark

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Background: The aim of this study was to determine the current use of thromboprophylaxis for laparoscopic surgery in Denmark. Methods: Postal questionnaires were sent to all Danish surgical departments that performed laparoscopic surgery according to the National Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Database. Results: There was a written protocol for thromboprophylaxis in 93 per cent of the responding departments. In 37 per cent thromboprophylaxis was used for all patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery; only 7 per cent used thromboprophylaxis sporadically. All departments used low molecular weight heparin, 74 per cent in combination with graduated compression stockings. The criteria for using thromboprophylaxis varied greatly; in many departments conversion of the procedure to an open operation was not considered a criterion. Some 20 per cent of the departments reported previous thromboembolic complications following laparoscopic surgery. Conclusion: Despite the widespread use of thromboprophylaxis, symptomatic thromboembolic complications were reported from several departments. Further studies are needed to determine whether laparoscopic surgery should be considered a high-risk procedure.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish journal of surgery
Vol/bind88
Udgave nummer10
Sider (fra-til)1413-1416
Antal sider4
ISSN0007-1323
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2001

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Copyright 2007 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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