Incidence, Etiopathogenesis, and a Preventive Protocol of Deep Vein Thrombosis in Severe Burns Patients at a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of Medical Academics

Author
1. Danturti Niharika
2. R Ravishanker
ISSN
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10070-0030
Volume
2
Issue
1
Publishing Year
2019
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@5939d589 ,
2. com.mps.common.model.Contributor@173e7d76
Article keywords
Deep vein thrombosis, High incidence, Protocol for prevention, Severe burns patients, Teaching institution

Abstract

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a consequence of thromboembolism can lead to life threatening pulmonary embolism. A study was carried over 4 years from January 2014 to January 2018 to determine the incidence of DVT in severe burns cases admitted to the Burns Unit of a 1200 bed tertiary care medical college teaching hospital. In the retrospective study of 100 consecutive cases of severe burns the incidence of DVT was found to inordinately high. This study was carried out to determine the causes of DVT in these patients and formulate a protocol for the prevention of DVT. A further prospective study of 116 cases were studied following the introduction of the protocol. A dramatic decrease in the incidence was found. This protocol is recommended to be followed in all burns centres especially in teaching institutions.

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