Medical Practice

Optimal Electrical Stimulus for Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Br Med J 1972; 3 doi: (Published 23 September 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:756
  1. A. N. Nicolaides,
  2. V. V. Kakkar,
  3. E. S. Field,
  4. P. Fish


    The most effective electrical stimulus to the calf muscles which prevents stasis in the soleal veins during operation was determined. This was subsequently used in a clinical trial and was shown to produce a 92% relative reduction in the incidence of deep vein thrombosis as determined by the 125I-fibrinogen test.

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