What is the role of risk stratification in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis for patients undergoing orthopedic surgery?

Updated: Jan 28, 2021
  • Author: David A Forsh, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS, FAOA, FABOS, FAAOS  more...
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In separate studies, Rosendaal, Kearon, and Bulger et al analyzed the relative contribution of individual risk factors to the development of DVT. [55, 56, 57] When more than one risk factor is present, the risk is cumulative; however, no good model suggests how the individual risk factors interact. [58] Nonetheless, several attempts have been made to quantify the risk factors associated with VTE. [59] The use of a checklist to stratify patients and assign them to categories of relative propensity for DVT development is helpful in deciding on an appropriate treatment regimen (see below).

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