Thromboprophylaxis in adult and paediatric burn patients: A survey of practice in the United Kingdom.


Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH, UK. Electronic address: [Email]


Patients with burn injuries are at an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). This predisposition is secondary to the endothelial injury, hyper-coagulable state and stasis (Virchow's triad) associated with burn injury. Although the true incidence of VTE in burn patients has not been adequately quantified, symptomatic VTE occurs in 0.2-7% of this population. VTE prophylaxis has proven clinical effectiveness and affords a reduction in the morbidity associated with such events, but the benefits and risk of complications need to be balanced in order to provide the best quality of care. Owing to the lack of prospective data on VTE in burns, practice varies greatly, not only internationally, but also between local burns services. Our aim was to better understand current VTE practice within United Kingdom (UK) burn care services by performing a comprehensive survey.


Burn,Risk assessment,Survey,Thromboprophylaxis,UK,VTE,

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