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Editor's Correspondence
December 12/26, 2005

Preventing Venous Thromboembolism, Especially in Elderly People

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(22):2687. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.22.2687

In their subgroup analysis of the Prospective Evaluation of Dalteparin Efficacy for Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Immobilized Patients (PREVENT) Trial on the efficacy and safety of fixed low-dose dalteparin, Kucher et al1 found that in elderly patients, dalteparin use is associated with a similar relative risk reduction as in younger patients and conclude that a fixed low dose of dalteparin is effective and safe in preventing VTE in elderly hospitalized medical patients.