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Prophylaxis and incidence of symptomatic deep vein thrombosis in indian patients with sepsis: DETECT-deep vein thrombosis registry

DETECT-DVT Investigators

Keywords : Doppler ultrasonography, heparin (low molecular weight), Indian study (prospective), sepsis, venous thrombosis

Citation Information : Investigators D. Prophylaxis and incidence of symptomatic deep vein thrombosis in indian patients with sepsis: DETECT-deep vein thrombosis registry. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (11):765-771.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_205_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-11-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Purpose: To assess thromboprophylaxis rate and incidence of symptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in Indian patients with acute sepsis. Materials and Methods: Adult patients with sepsis, within 48 h of sepsis onset/hospital admission were included. DVT was assessed using Doppler ultrasonography if clinical signs were present. Data were collected at inclusion, discharge, and 30 ± 7 days (if discharged before 30 days). Results: The study included 278 patients (men: 69.4%; mean age: 56.3 ± 17.99 years). Out of 275 patients (data missing for 3 patients), 188 (68.4%; 95% confidence interval: 62.5–73.8) received DVT prophylaxis (185 at admission and 3 at discharge; pharmacological prophylaxis: n = 88, mechanical prophylaxis: n = 65, pharmacological + mechanical prophylaxis: n = 35) and 87 received no prophylaxis. In line with American College of Chest Physicians 2008 recommendations, among patients who received pharmacological prophylaxis (n = 123), low-molecular-weight heparin was given to 85.4% (n = 105) patients (duration: 9.1 ± 6.36 days), unfractionated heparin to 12.2% (n = 15) patients (duration: 9.2 ± 9.18 days), and fondaparinux to 5.7% (n = 7) patients (duration: 6.8 ± 3.30 days); 27/63 patients at high-risk of bleeding received mechanical prophylaxis; no patient received aspirin. Of 9 patients who developed DVT, 7 received no thromboprophylaxis (data missing for 2 patients). In total, 186/274 (67.9%) patients recovered from sepsis. Conclusions: Two-third patients received thromboprophylaxis. The substantial role of thromboprophylaxis in DVT prevention mandates monitoring and control of thromboprophylaxis through internal audits in hospitals.

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