Worldwide adherence to ACCP guidelines for thromboprophylaxis after major orthopedic surgery: A systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis

Miguel Farfan, Maria Bautista, Guillermo Bonilla, Jorge Rojas, Adolfo Llinás, José Navas

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Introduction Increased risk of venous thromboembolism following major orthopedic surgery (MOS) is well described. The American Academy of Chest Physician (ACCP) has generated evidence-based recommendations for thromboprophylaxis; however, there is a gap between guidelines recommendations and clinical practice. The aim of this study is to compare worldwide adherence rates to the last 4 editions of ACCP guidelines for thromboprophylaxis after MOS. Materials and methods A systematic review of literature and meta-analysis was performed. Studies reporting adherence to ACCP guidelines between January 2004 and October 2014 were included. Adherence rates after MOS for in-hospital (IH), extended (EXT), and global thromboprophylaxis (in-hospital plus extended) were assessed. Results Of 3993 titles, 13 studies reporting data of 35,303 patients were selected. Studies assessing the 6th, 7th or 8th editions of ACCP guidelines were found. No studies evaluating the 9th edition were available. For MOS, global adherence rates for the 6th, 7th and 8th editions were 62% (95% CI: 61%-63%), 70% (95% CI: 69%-71%), and 42% (95% CI: 41%-43%), respectively. Likewise, in-hospital adherence was 52% (95% CI: 50%-54%), 51% (95% CI: 50%-52%) and 85% (95% CI: 84%-86%). For extended prophylaxis, adherence rates were reported only for the 8th edition (59%; 95% CI: 58%-60%). Conclusions Adherence to ACCP recommendations for thromboprophylaxis during hospitalization has increased over time. Nevertheless, adherence rates to global thromboprophylaxis decrease due to an insufficient implementation of recommendations after discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalThrombosis Research
StatePublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology

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