In this large trial of 3114 patients hospitalized with acute stroke, they were randomized to thigh high or knee high stockings for DVT prophylaxis. Those with thigh high had significantly fewer DVTs than those with knee high (6% vs 9%). For acute stroke DVT prophylaxis, thigh high stockings are more effective than knee high for DVT prophylaxis (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.