Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in orthopedic surgery

Sobieraj DM, Coleman CI, Tongbram V, Lee S, Colby J, Chen WT, Makanji SS, Ashaye A, Kluger J, White CM
Record ID 32012000613
Authors' objectives: This is an evidence report prepared by the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) examining the comparative efficacy and safety of prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in major orthopedic surgery (total hip replacement [THR], total knee replacement [TKR], and hip fracture surgery [HFS]) and other nonmajor orthopedic surgeries (knee arthroscopy, injuries distal to the hip requiring surgery, and elective spine surgery).
Authors' recommendations: In major orthopedic surgery, while the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis is highest followed by pulmonary embolism and major bleeding, there are inadequate data to say whether or not deep vein thrombosis causes pulmonary embolism or is an independent predictor of pulmonary embolism. The balance of benefits to harms is favorable for providing prophylaxis to these patients and to extend the period of prophylaxis beyond the standard 7–10 days. The comparative balance of benefits to harms for LMWHs are superior to unfractionated heparin. Other interclass comparisons either could not be made due to lack of data, showed similarities between classes on outcomes, or had offsetting effects where benefits of one class on efficacy was tempered by an increased risk of bleeding. The balance of benefits to harms for combined pharmacologic plus mechanical prophylaxis versus either strategy alone could not be determined. We could not determine the impact of IVC filters on outcomes or the impact of prophylaxis on the nonmajor orthopedic surgeries evaluated.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2012
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: United States
MeSH Terms
  • Orthopedic Procedures
Organisation Name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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