[Effectiveness of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) on thrombosis prophylaxis: a systematic literature review]

Rohrer, Ottilia; Eicher, Manuela (2006). [Effectiveness of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) on thrombosis prophylaxis: a systematic literature review]. Pflege - die wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Pflegeberufe, 19(3), pp. 175-87. Bern: H. Huber

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Despite changes in patient demographics and short-ened length of hospital stay deep vein thrombosis (DVT) remains a major health care problem which may lead to a variety of other high risk complications. Current treatment guidelines focus on preventive measures. Beside drug therapy, physical measures executed by nursing professionals exist, the outcomes of which are discussed controversially. Based on 25 studies that were found in MEDLINE and the Cochrane library, this systematic literature review identifies the effectiveness of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) on thrombosis prophylaxis. In almost all medical settings IPC contributes to a significant reduction of the incidence of DVT. At the same time, IPC has minimal negative side effects and is also cost effective. Correct application of IPC and patient compliance are essential to achieve its effectiveness. An increased awareness within the healthcare team in identifying the risk for and implementing measures against DVT is needed. Guidelines need to be developed in order to improve the effectiveness of thrombosis prophylaxis with the implementation of IPC.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

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Eicher, Manuela






H. Huber




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Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:50

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:44

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/21173 (FactScience: 5145)

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