22. Immobility and Thromboembolic Disease

  1. David Vaughan,
  2. Neville Robinson,
  3. Nuala Lucas and
  4. Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch22

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care

How to Cite

Vaughan, D., Robinson, N., Lucas, N. and Arulkumaran, S. (2010) Immobility and Thromboembolic Disease, in Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323948.ch22

Author Information

  1. Harrow and London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178211

Online ISBN: 9781444323948



  • immobility and thromboembolic disease;
  • leading cause of direct maternal death in UK - thrombosis, thromboembolic disease;
  • thromboembolic disease risk - with pregnancy;
  • frank manifestation of thromboembolic disease - as DVT, and MHDU admission;
  • thromboembolic disease death - and pulmonary embolism;
  • gold standard recommendations - for thromboprophylaxis in obstetrics;
  • RCOG Working Party on ‘Prophylaxis Against Thromboembolism in Gynaecology and Obstetrics’;
  • thromboembolism, risk factor assessment - in patients and risk stratification management;
  • RCOG recommendation - antenatal prophylactic doses of LMWH;
  • clinical features of DVT - diagnosing DVT on MHDU


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Prophylaxis

  • Diagnosing DVT on the MHDU

  • Pulmonary embolism