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teaching hospitals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Methodology: This was a descriptive study carried out in Hayatabad Medical Complex, Khyber Teaching
Hospital, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad. Consultants from
General and Orthopaedic surgery in four teaching hospitals working as senior registrar or above grades
were included in the study and were interviewed using proforma about use of thromboprophylaxis. The
results were analysed using SPSS version 10.0.
Results: A total of 48 consultants participated in this study. 20 of these were orthopaedic surgeons and 28
were general surgeons. Thirty two (66.6%) of the consultants were using thromboprophylaxis but out of
these, only 7 (22%) were following the national guide lines. Out of the 16 (33.4%) who were not using
thromboprophylaxis, 10 (62.5%) consultants had the impression that it is not necessary while 4 (25%)
thought that it increased the risk of bleeding and 2 (12.5%) consultants had the impression that it is
expensive. Eight (16.7%) consultants said that they have departmental policy for thromboprophylaxis.
Conclusion: Although majority of surgeons were using throboprophylaxis, however few were well versed
about the guidelines and very few were following these.
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