Compression stocking for preventing deep vein thrombosis in airline passengers

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This KCE has read for you was prepared by Nadia Benahmed and Dominique Roberfroid

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  • Air travel might increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
  • Wearing compression stockings during long-haul flights lasting more than 4 hours reduces the risk of symptomless deep vein thrombosis (high-quality evidence). The risk is reduced from 10 per 1000 in passengers without stockings to 1 per 1000 with stockings.
  • Leg swelling is also reduced with compression stockings (low-quality evidence).
  • Wearing compression stocking is well tolerated.
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Published on: 
2017/06/22