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[Thrombosis prophylaxis in trauma surgery units in Germany: a survey].
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Greifswald University, Germany.
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2009 (German)In: Der Unfallchirurg, ISSN 1433-044X, Vol. 112, no 12, 1029-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [de]

BACKGROUND: A questionnaire study was conducted to ask trauma surgery centers about thrombosis prophylaxis methods and strategies for the diagnosis and therapy of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).

METHODS: Questionnaires were sent by post to German hospitals with trauma surgery units inquiring about the use of unfractionated heparin (UFH) and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), the duration of medication, and the HIT diagnosis. Questionnaires were evaluated descriptively.

RESULTS: 314 of 685 questionnaires sent out were evaluable (46%): half were from general hospitals, 96 (31%) from specialized hospitals, and 53 (17%) from tertiary care hospitals (others: 8). In more than 90%, only LMWH was used. The mean duration of pharmacological thrombosis prophylaxis was 16.6+/-10.4 days (inpatient/outpatient). Only 10% adhered to the recommended platelet count controls every 2 days (days 5-14) for early detection of HIT.

CONCLUSIONS: While pharmacological thrombosis prophylaxis following trauma surgery seems to be generally performed according to guidelines, diagnosis and treatment of HIT need to be systematized.

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2009. Vol. 112, no 12, 1029-33 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-161353DOI: 10.1007/s00113-008-1557-yPubMedID: 19859680OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-161353DiVA: diva2:456043
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