Prevention of Deep Venous Thrombosis is an important component of care in the stroke unit.
Stroke unit care uses a range of approaches to try and reduce the risk of venous thrombosis including a focus on early mobilisation, and maintenance of adequate hydration.
We use a range of prophylactic therapies including physical compression stockings.
The benefits and risks of these need to be carefully considered, and further data are awaited.
We also use pharmacotherapy, especially unfractionated and low molecular subcutaneous heparin to try and reduce the risk of deep venous thrombosis.
Again, its important to weigh the risks and benefits of therapy as stroke patients are often at high risk of bleeding complications.