RecommendationUse anti-embolism stockings that provide graduated compression and produce a calf pressure of 14–15mmHg.
Trade off between clinical benefit and harmsThe effectiveness of these prophylactic methods in reducing the risk of pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis was considered against the potential of causing bleeding problems. The correct pressure profile needs to be used to give the best balance between benefits and harms.
Economic considerationsNone
Other considerationsThe above pressure profile has been identified as the profile which is effective at reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism

From: 6, Summary of the effectiveness of mechanical and pharmacological prophylaxis

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Venous Thromboembolism: Reducing the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism) in Patients Admitted to Hospital.
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