Knee versus Thigh Length Graduated Compression Stockings for Prevention of Deep Venous Thrombosis: A Systematic Review
ABSTRACT Graduated compression stockings are a valuable means of thrombo-prophylaxis but it is unclear whether knee-length (KL) or thigh length (TL) stockings are more effective. The aim of this review was to systematically analyse randomised controlled trials that have evaluated stocking length and efficacy of thromboprophylaxis.
A systematic review of the literature was undertaken. Clinical trials on hospitalised populations and passengers on long haul flights were selected according to specific criteria and analysed to generate summated data.
14 randomized control trials were analysed. Thirty six of 1568 (2.3%) participants randomised to KL stockings developed a deep venous thrombosis, compared with 79 of 1696 (5%) in the TL control/thigh length group. Substantial heterogeneity was observed amongst trials. KL stockings had a significant effect to reduce the incidence of DVT in long haul flight passengers, odds ration 0.08 (95%CI 0.03-0.22). In hospitalised patients KL stockings did not appear to be far worse than TL stockings, odds ratio 1.01 (95%CI 0.35-2.90). For combined passengers and patients, there was a benefit in favour of KL stockings, weighted odds ratio 0.45 (95% CI 0.30-0.68).
KL graduated stockings can be as effective as TL stockings for the prevention of DVT, whilst offering advantages in terms of patient compliance and cost.
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ABSTRACT: Background Compression therapy constitutes the cornerstone of prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome in patients with deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). However, no consensus has been reached regarding the optimal timing for initiation, duration, and strength of compression therapy. Objective To document prescribing practices of compression therapy in case of DVT by French Vascular Medicine physicians. Methods E-mail survey sent in 2009 to all physicians members of the French Society of Vascular Medicine. Results Seven hundred and sixty-one vascular medicine physicians (56.6% private practice, 19.8% hospital-based and 23.6% both private practice and hospital-based physicians) responded. At diagnosis, 94.3% (n = 707) systematically prescribed compression therapy. The initial compression consisted in elastic compression stockings (ECS) for 57.3% of patients (n = 426) and in bandages for 42.7% (n = 317). When physicians initially prescribed bandages, in 92.3% of cases they later switched to elastic compression stockings (ECS). Finally, 95.8% (n = 712) of vascular medicine physicians reported prescribing ECS during DVT follow-up. The ECS ankle pressure gradient was 15–20 mmHg in 64.3% of cases and 20–36 mmHg in 35.5%. Most physicians (85.9%, n = 631) modulated the duration of compression therapy according to the results of follow-up compression ultrasonographic explorations. Only a limited proportion of physicians took into account thrombus localization or its initial extention. Conclusion In case of DVT, French vascular medicine physicians systematically prescribed compression therapy. However, the strength of compression was lower than recommended by international guidelines. Efficacy and benefits (potential better compliance) of this common practice should be assessed with a randomized controlled trial.Journal des Maladies Vasculaires 06/2012; 37(3):140–145. DOI:10.1016/j.jmv.2012.02.004 · 0.24 Impact Factor
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