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This section examines thromboprophylaxis of VTE, including guideline recommendations and the benefits and risks of anticoagulant therapy, and other treatment options
Routine preventive anticoagulant therapy – thromboprophylaxis – is an established standard of care for the prevention of VTE in patients who have had major orthopaedic surgery.1
Despite the well-recognized risks of VTE, use of appropriate prophylaxis remains low. A multinational, cross-sectional audit including 32 countries – the ENDORSE (Epidemiologic International Day for the Evaluation of Patients at Risk for Venous Thromboembolism in the Acute Hospital Care Setting) survey – showed that:3,4
Proportions of patients (A) at risk of VTE and (B) receiving recommended prophylaxis.
Data from the ENDORSE survey3