[Postoperative use of antiembolism stockings: patient's use, practice and information]
Cameron U, Pedersen P U
Record ID 31999008813
Antiembolism stockings (AES) are used as a part of thromboembolic prophylaxis among orthopaedic patients. The aim of this report is to assess how and to what extent patients comply with recommendations for the use of antiembolism stockings (AES) after discharge.
Authors' results and conclusions:
89% had continued using AES. 11% of the patients had stopped using AES immediately after discharge. 83% of the patients had used AES minimum 4 weeks, 68% minimum 8 weeks and 29% more than 12 weeks. More of the acute patients than elective patients had stopped using AES within 4 weeks (p<0,01). 79% of the patients had one or several inconveniences. The inconveniences often mentioned by the patients were, AES was too warm (58%), AES slides down (49%) and AES was too tight (50%). 77% of the patients had needed assistance after discharge in using AES. 63% had received this assistance from public community care.
Patients have a high degree of acceptance of AES according to known risk of thromboembolism. But more of the acute patients stop using AES within 4 weeks after discharge and some patients continue using AES beyond the recommended period.
A high number of patients state they have inconveniences using AES; inconveniences which can mean patients doubt the effect of AES or stop using the stockings.
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