What does IPC comprise?
- Intermittently squeezes the legs which increases the flow of blood in the deep veins
- The CLOTS-3 trial showed that it reduces the risk of DVT in stroke patients (link to evidence)
- Is effective in ischaemic & haemorrhagic stroke
- The trial also showed that patients receiving treatment with IPC were more likely to survive
- Should be used unless the patient is considered to have a poor prognosis and receiving palliative care
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