Journal article

Dalteparin for deep venous thrombosis: a hospital-in-the-home program

SBN Ting, RW Ziegenbein, TE Gan, JV Catalano, P Monagle, J Silvers, FE Chambers, S Ng, BP McGrath

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 1998

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy, safety and cost savings of home treatment of lower-limb deep venous thrombosis (DVT). SETTING: A hospital-in-the-home treatment program. PATIENTS: One hundred patients with acute lower limb DVT (53 proximal, 47 distal), and no contraindication to home treatment, were entered into the program from March 1995 to February 1997. INTERVENTION: All patients received dalteparin, 200 units/kg subcutaneously, once daily for a minimum of five days, with commencement of oral anticoagulation (warfarin) on Day 2. Patients with proximal DVT had lung ventilation-perfusion scans performed and were admitted to hospital for at least 24 hours. Patients with distal DVT were di..

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