How is deep vein thrombosis diagnosed and managed in UK and Australian emergency departments?
FC Sampson, S Goodacre, A-M Kelly, D Kerr
Emergency Medicine Journal | Published : 2005
BACKGROUND: Recent research has identified technologies that may be of value in the diagnosis and management of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). We aimed to survey current practice in the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia to determine the extent to which these technologies have been implemented in these two healthcare systems. METHODS: We undertook a postal survey of 255 hospitals in the UK and 89 hospitals in Australia, requesting details of individual diagnostic tests, use of diagnostic algorithms, and management of DVT. RESULTS: We received replies from 186/255 UK hospitals (73%) and 84/89 of Australian hospitals (94%). Ultrasonography and laboratory based D-dimer were the most commonly availa..View full abstract