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medical records state, gastrointestinal prophylaxis w/proton pump inhibitor & deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis w/sequential compression device. what does that mean?

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Prophylaxis: Prophylaxis means to prevent or decrease the likelihood of some event or issue. Proton pump inhibitor medications are used to prevent or decrease the likelihood of G.I. bleeding stomach ulcers gastritis or GERD. Blood clots that occur usually in the legs are called deep venous thrombophlebitis. Compression STOCKINGS can help to decrease the likelihood of blood clots in the legs
Answered on Dec 7, 2014
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Dr. Lawrence Presant
41 years experience Phlebology
Precaution care: It sounds like these are precautions taken to prevent surgical or hospitalization (bedrest) complications due to inactivity and not eating. Stomach acid is reduced with proton pump inhibitor meds and deep vein thrombosis caused by venous stasis prevented with a device that wraps around the calves and squeezes intermittently.
Answered on Dec 26, 2014
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