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BET 2. SUBCUTANEOUS HEPARIN IS AS GOOD AS LOW-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT HEPARIN IN THE ACUTE TREATMENT OF THROMBO-EMBOLIC DISEASE

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Report by Andrew Munro, Staff Specialist

Search checked by Cain English, Emergency Registrar

Institution: Coffs Harbour Base Hospital, New South Wales, Australia

Three-part question

In [patients with DVT] is [subcutaneous unfractionated heparin as efficacious as low-molecular-weight heparin] in the [prevention of thrombo-embolic sequelae]?

Clinical scenario

An Emergency Department registrar presented a paper at our journal club showing the efficaciousness and cost effectiveness of home treatment with unfractionated heparin (UFH) in comparison with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH). We decided to look at the possibility of altering our outpatient treatment guidelines for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and low-risk pulmonary embolism as a way of lowering the cost of treatment. As part of the process this BET was …

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