Timing of venous thromboembolism chemoprophylaxis after traumatic brain injury☆,☆☆,★

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Abstract

Objectives:

Currently no national standard exists on optimal timing to initiate VTE chemoprophylaxis after traumatic brain injury (TBI). We designed this survey to assess current practice regarding the timing of VTE chemoprophylaxis after TBI.

Methods:

All the EAST members were surveyed online. Participants reported demographics, and responses to questions regarding VTE chemoprophylaxis in TBI and timing of chemoprophylaxis in 2 hypothetical clinical scenarios of TBI.

Results:

Three hundred and ninety-one full responses were collected (response rate 30.9%). Most respondents (75%) reported the decision to initiate VTE chemoprophylaxis with a consensus between the neurosurgery and trauma/critical care services. While 76% of respondents reported experience of seeing pulmonary embolism without chemoprophylaxis, 44% witnessed progression of TBI after VTE chemoprophylaxis. Approximately 50% considered their practice of VTE chemoprophylaxis in TBI patients to be conservative. Almost 50% reported no standardized protocol in their institutions. While 1/3 of the members believed guidelines exist, another 1/3 believed no guidelines available. Responses to two clinical scenarios showed various approaches regarding the timing of VTE chemoprophylaxis.

Conclusions:

Currently there is a wide variability in the practice patterns regarding the timing of VTE chemoprophylaxis in TBI patients. This survey reinforces the need for further investigation to guide clinical practice.

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