Economy class syndrome describes the situation of patients who suffer pulmonary embolism following prolonged immobility in a long distance flight. The objective of the present study was to analyze whether there is a risk of pulmonary thromboembolism after a long overland journey. The study consecutively enrolled 100 patients diagnosed with pulmonary thromboembolism. Nine of them had previously undertaken a long journey (>5 h), 6 of which had been over land. Consequently, we think that the preventative measures recommended for airline passengers should be extended to users of other means of transport.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Worldwide air traffic reaches about 2.3 billion passengers per year. The increasing number of persons at thrombo-embolic risk, together with potentially severe or fatal complications of deep venous thrombosis, suggests community pharmacists can give basic preventive advice to persons identified as at risk.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Le trafic aérien mondial avoisine, selon les années, 2,3 milliards de passagers. La multiplication du nombre de personnes à risque thrombo-embolique, couplée avec les complications potentiellement graves de la thrombose veineuse profonde, donne au pharmacien d’officine sa place pour prodiguer quelques conseils préventifs simples mais efficaces.
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