Graduated compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis
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Graduated compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis

Linda Walker Head of nursing, Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust
Sue Lamont Clinical procurement and risk management co-ordinator, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester

This article describes the correct use and length of graduated elastic compression stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in general surgical patients. The authors aim to establish whether above or below knee stockings are more effective in the prevention of DVTs, discuss anti-embolic prophylaxis and offer advice on the appropriate management of patients.

Nursing Standard. 22, 40,35-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.06.22.40.35.c6570

Correspondence

linda.walker@hhtr.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review