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An updated systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of graduated compression stockings in addition to pharmacological thromboprophylaxis for prevention of venous thromboembolism in surgical inpatients.


Turner B, Machin M, Salih M, Lawton R, Siracusa F, Gwozdz AM et al.

Ann Surg 2024; 279: 29-36.

Evidence from head to head meta-analysis and pooled trial arms shows no benefit from adding stockings to pharmacological thromboprophylaxis: risk ratio 0.85 per cent, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.54 to 1.36.

Comment: Additional stockings not needed if low molecular weight heparin used.

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