Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters that were used in trauma patients to prevent pulmonary embolism proved to be unnecessary, according to a single-center study at Boston Medical Center. Trauma patients who survived at least 24 hours after the time of their injury didn’t show a decreased death rate associated with an IVC filter insertion. The trend didn’t change at either six months or 1 year after the discharge date. Among the patients who received an IVC filter, only 8 percent of the filters were removed over a 3.8-year average follow-up. IVC filters are usually placed in patients that cannot tolerate anticoagulation medication, but the high failure rates ... Read More
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