A miniature and mobile intermittent pneumatic compression device for the prevention of deep-vein thrombosis after joint replacement

Peleg Ben-Galim, Ely L. Steinberg, Yishai Rosenblatt, Nata Parnes, Aharon Menahem, Ron Arbel

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Abstract

The WizAir-DVT is a miniature, light-weight (690 g), battery-operated and mobile intermittent pneumatic compression device (ICD), which enables continuous intraoperative use and immediate patient mobilization postoperatively. We compared its efficacy with a commonly used ICD, the Kendall SCD. Peak femoral vein flow velocity was measured in 20 apparently healthy volunteers at rest and with each device: we found no significant differences between them. A second prospective, randomized, clinical trial was used to compare the efficiency of the device in preventing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) after joint replacement in 50 patients (n = 25/group). None developed DVT. Doppler ultrasonography revealed no significant differences. The WizAir-DVT antithrombotic compression device is as safe and effective as the Kendall SCD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-587
Number of pages4
JournalActa Orthopaedica Scandinavica
Volume75
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

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