In this Cochrane meta-analysis, graduated compression stockings (GCS) were effective at reducing VTE in hospitalized patients, with the GCS group developing VTE at 13% and the control group at 26% (OR=0.35, CI 0.26-0.77) In those managed with GCS in addition to another prophylactic therapy, the rates were 4% versus 16% (OR=0.25, CI 0.17-0.36). Although the results of this meta-analysis are not surprising, they do help to quantify the risk reduction associated with the use of GCS (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.