Deep Vein Thrombosis in Elderly Patients Hospitalized in Subacute Care Facilities

Jean-Luc Bosson, Jose Labarere, Marie Antoinette Sevestre, Joel Belmin, Laurence Beyssier, Antoine Elias, Alain Franco, Philippe Le Roux
2003 Archives of Internal Medicine  
The efficacy of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis has not been established, to our knowledge, in elderly patients hospitalized in subacute care facilities. Objectives: To describe risk factors and physician practices in the prevention of venous thromboembolism and to estimate the prevalence of deep vein thrombosis. Methods: A multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted in the subacute care departments of 36 French hospitals. The study population included 852 inpatients older than 64 years.
more » ... lder than 64 years. Systematic ultrasound examination was performed by angiologists. Results: Of the 852 inpatients, 178 (20.9%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 18.2%-23.8%) had 3 or more risk factors other than age, while 144 patients (16.9%; 95% CI, 14.4%-19.6%) had none. The rate of prophylactic anticoagulant treatment was 56.1%, ranging from 20.0% to 86.9%, depending on the department. In multivariate analysis, pro-(REPRINTED) ARCH INTERN MED
doi:10.1001/archinte.163.21.2613 pmid:14638561 fatcat:urw5rjq7p5embme24g7esojlmu