Fewer than one in five joint replacement patients receives anticoagulants after discharge

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1330
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

Fewer than one in five elderly patients received anticoagulants after discharge from hospital after undergoing hip or knee replacement, a study has shown (CMAJ 2008;178:1545-54). Such patients are at high risk of developing venous thromboembolism.

Patients who were prescribed these drugs had a lower risk of short term mortality, but the benefits of and barriers to thromboprophylaxis after discharge in this population need further study, say the researchers.

The authors of a related commentary say that the study highlights the …

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