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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Q: What are the 2 methods by which Intermittent pneumatic compression boots prevent Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)? 


Answer:  Intermittent pneumatic compression boots  prevent DVT not only by enhancing blood flow or  preventing venous stasis in the deep veins of the legs, but also by  increasing endogenous fibrinolytic activity via reducing plasminogen activator inhibitor-1.


Reference: 

 Comerota AJ, Chouhan V, Harada RN, et al. The fibrinolytic effects of intermittent pneumatic compression: mechanism of enhanced fibrinolysis. Ann Surg 1997; 226:306.






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