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Wearing elastic compression stockings during long-haul flights prevented the development of deep venous thrombosis

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 QUESTION: In passengers on long-haul flights, does wearing class-I elastic compression stockings while flying prevent the development of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?


Randomised (unclear allocation concealment*), blinded (outcome assessor),* controlled trial with 48 hours of follow up.


Stamford Hospital, London, UK.


231 people who were 56 to 68 years of age (mean age 62 y, 61% women) and who intended to travel economy class with 2 sectors of ≥ 8 hours' duration within 6 weeks of enrollment (median flying time 24 h [interquartile range 19 to 35 h] for stocking group, 22 h [interquartile range 18 to 36 h] for control group). Exclusion criteria were episodes of venous thrombosis, use of anticoagulants, regular use …

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  • Source of funding: in part, Medi UK Ltd.

  • For correspondence: Mr J H Scurr, Lister Hospital, Chelsea Bridge Road, London SW1W 8RH, UK. Fax +44 (0) 207 259 9938.

  • * See glossary.

  • p Values calculated from data in article.