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Mobile compression device safer than medication for preventing blood clots

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A mobile compression device is safer and equally effective as medication at preventing blood clots after hip replacement surgery, say US researchers who studied 400 patients undergoing hip replacement surgery.

The researchers, writing in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that major bleeding occurred in 6 per cent of the patients treated with the blood thinning drug heparin, compared to none of the patients using the battery-operated compression device.

“This has the potential to change the paradigm as to how we prevent blood clots after hip replacement,” the researchers said.

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