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ACP's new inpatient VTE prophylaxis guidelines: Radical or right-on?Dec 2, 2011 10:30 EST
Following an extensive analysis of the literature, the American College of Physicians has concluded that the administration of prophylaxis to prevent DVT and pulmonary embolism has not resulted in a decrease in mortality. Based on these surprising (and disappointing) results, the ACP's new guidelines judge that pharmacological VTE prophylaxis is appropriate only in moderate and high risk patients and that it should not be administered by default to all.
What are your thoughts? Are these new guidelines radical or right-on?
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