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Drain tube removal in the presence of anticoagulation in Spinal Surgery

posterior extradural haematoma as a result of acute bleeding following the removal of the posterior cervical drain. The incident raised concerns for the nurses within the neuroscience unit. One hypothesis was that venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) may be a contributor to post-operative hematoma formation. As a result, nursing staff began questioning the medical staff about anticoagulation therapy. In particular, the nursing staff queried whether the LMWH

Christine Holland, Sarah Smith

Australasian Journal of Neuroscience , ISSUE 1, 14–18

Case report

Timely Anticoagulant Thromboprophylaxis is Safe and Effective in the Care of Patients Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury.

morbidity. This review aims to determine the safety and efficacy of chemical VTE prophylaxis within the neurosurgical setting. The consequences of VTE can be devastating and patients with neurotrauma are amongst those at greatest risk. With this in mind, the neuroscience nurse must be meticulously conscientious for the prevention of VTE in the neurosurgical setting. The neurosurgical nurse has a close affiliation to the patient, is often the first to observe the clinical signs and symptoms associated

Kandace Micallef

Australasian Journal of Neuroscience , ISSUE 2, 30–34

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