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ACE Report #156
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Mobile compression device vs. heparin for prevention of thromboembolic events after THA

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Thrombosis prevention after total hip arthroplasty: a prospective, randomized trial comparing a mobile compression device with low-molecular-weight heparin

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Mar;92(3):527-35

Contributing Authors: Colwell CW MI Froimson MA Mont MA Ritter RT Trousdale KC Buehler A Spitzer TK Donaldson DE Padgett

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Dr. Colwell discusses his study assessing the safety of a mobile compression device for thrombo-prophylaxis.


386 patients (>18 yr) who had been scheduled for 389 total hip arthroplasties were randomized to receive thromboprophylaxis by either a mobile compression device (CECT SFT) or standardly accepted low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH).The CECT SFT demonstrated effective thromboprophylaxis with a better safety profile (fewer major bleeding events) compared to LMWH.

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