Blood clots after surgery are often linked to use of a catheter

August 15, 2011

IN THE NEWS: A new study from researchers at UC Irvine, indicates that the use of central catheters caused more than half of the clots occurred occurred patients after surgery, according to the Los Angeles Times. The study, conducted by Drs. Brian R. Smith, Sidney Diniz, Michael Stamos and Ninh T. Nguyen, analyzed 2,189 surgeries and recommended that efforts should be made to minimize the use of catheters or consider higher doses of blood-thinning medications when the catheters are present.

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