Inappropriate prescription of low molecular weight heparins for thromboprophylaxis among older hospitalized patients

Sabrina Garasto, Sergio Fusco, Graziano Onder, Federica Sganga, Federica Mammarella, Stefano Volpato, Carmelinda Ruggiero, Angela M. Abbatecola, Fabrizia Lattanzio, Andrea Corsonello

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Aim: To investigate the prevalence and clinical correlates of overprescribing and underprescribing of low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) for thromboprophylaxis among older medical inpatients. Methods: Eight hundred seventy six patients (mean age 81.5 ± 7.6 years, female gender 57.2 %) enrolled in a multicenter observational study of seven acute care wards of geriatric medicine in Italy. The risk of venous thromboembolism was ascertained by calculating the Padua score for each patient. Patients receiving appropriate prescription of LMHW during stay were compared to those receiving LMHW with a Padua score

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 25 2016



  • Elderly
  • Hospital
  • Inappropriate prescription
  • Low molecular weight heparins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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