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Surgical stockings do not help prevent blood clots

28th May 2009

A study carried out by the University of Edinburgh and published in The Lancet has suggested that surgical stockings do not cut stroke patients' risk of developing blood clots.

While doctors commonly use the stockings as way to minimise the risk of clots forming and travelling to the lungs or heart where they can be fatal, researchers found they had little positive effect and that cutting stocking use could save the NHS around £7m and 320,000 hours of nursing time a year.

 

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Article Information

Title: Surgical stockings do not help prevent blood clots
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 11528
Date Added: 28th May 2009

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