Prophylactic vena cava filter (VCF) use for pulmonary embolism (PE) prevention remains so controversial that there are opposing guideline recommendations from 2 major national organizations. While the American College of Chest Physicians recommends against VCF use, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma suggests they have some utility. These differing clinical opinions cause wide variation in VCF use.1
Kent AJ, Aboagye JK, Haut ER. The Role of Vena Cava Filters for Injured Patients: Please Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(8):732–733. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.1052
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