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Guidelines in Emergency Medicine Network (GEMNet): guideline for the use of thromboprophylaxis in ambulatory trauma patients requiring temporary limb immobilisation
  1. Catherine Roberts,
  2. Daniel Horner,
  3. Grant Coleman,
  4. Laura Maitland,
  5. Thomas Curl-Roper,
  6. Rachel Smith,
  7. Ellena Wood,
  8. Kevin Mackway-Jones
  1. Emergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catherine Roberts, Emergency Department, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9HT, UK; Catherine.roberts{at}


▸ The Guidelines in Emergency Medicine Network (GEMNet) has been created to promote best medical practice in a range of conditions presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in the UK.

▸ This guideline presents a summary of the best available evidence to guide the use of thromboprophylaxis in adult ambulatory outpatients who present to the ED following acute limb trauma and require temporary immobilisation.

▸ The document has been developed following discussion among emergency physicians and collegiate fellows to decide which topics would benefit from the development of clinical guidelines.

▸ The document is intended as a guideline for use in the ED by emergency physicians and is based on the review of the best existing evidence for treatments used in this setting.

▸ The document is summarised as a Clinical Decision Support Guideline that has been presented as an easy to follow algorithm.

▸ The intention is for each guideline to be updated and reviewed as further evidence becomes available. The formal revision date has been set at 5 years from publication, though the guideline is subject to continuous informal review.

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