About the CLOTS 3 TrialThe largest trial of its kind, CLOTS 3 was a multicenter, randomized, controlled study that evaluated the effectiveness of IPC in reducing the risk of DVT and death in stroke patients. The study enrolled 2,876 patients between 2008 and 2012, and involved 105 hospitals in the United Kingdom. The trial was funded by the National Institute of Health, the Health Technology Assessment program and the Chief Scientist Office Scotland. Covidien donated the Kendall SCD compression systems to participating hospitals. About Deep Vein Thrombosis and Intermittent Pneumatic Compression DVTs are blood clots that can form in the leg, travel to the lungs and cause death. Current methods to prevent DVT include medicines that thin the blood. However, these medications often carry an increased risk of bleeding, which can be a serious drawback for stroke patients. Blood thinning agents have not been conclusively shown to reduce the risk of dying after stroke 1. IPC is a medical device that squeezes the leg gently to increase blood flow and is proven to decrease the risk of DVT 2. This is especially important in patients who are immobile, such as patients who suffer from acute stroke.
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