REVIEW – February 2010

Prevention of venous thromboembolism


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This review article systematically summarizes current evidence related to the prevention of venous thromboembolism and provides evidence-based recommendations for different surgical procedures. Perioperative anticoagulation is a safe and effective treatment modality when used carefully. For moderate and high risk patients, thromboprophylaxis with low-molecular-weight heparin, low-dose unfractionated heparin or fondaparinux is recommended.