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Table 4 Factors reported to shape surgeons’ thromboprophylaxis protocols (N = 309)

From: Comparing Australian orthopaedic surgeons’ reported use of thromboprophylaxis following arthroplasty in 2012 and 2017

Protocol-shaping factor Frequency (%)
Research literature 125 (40.5)
Patient complications 78 (25.2)
Bleeding, wound and/or infections 65 (21.0)
VTE 7 (2.3)
Fatal VTE 6 (1.9)
Experience 84 (27.2)
Guidelines 48 (15.5)
Colleagues 39 (12.6)
Local Protocols 27 (8.7)
Meetings/Conferences/Lectures 26 (8.4)
Patient convenience and compliance concerns 18 (5.8)
Medico-legal concerns 16 (5.2)
Training 10 (3.2)
Increasing obesity 1 (0.3)
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