Early Preventive Therapy in Severely Brain-Injured Patients Lowers Risk of Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Victims of severe traumatic brain injury are at high risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Patients with TBI are at higher risk of forming blood clots because of their long-term immobility. DVT occurs when the blood in the veins pools and forms a clot in the arms or the legs. PE occurs when a clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.
New research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons web site advocates the use of blood-thinning medications beginning within 72 hours of hospital arrival. The research study found that staring these medications early has a significant protective effect against these conditions in patients with severe TBI, and does not increase risk of bleeding complications or death. The study can be accessed by clicking here.