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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 56 (2014) 9, 608 - 611

Case report

Pulmonary embolism in an acute manic patient following physical restraint

S. Pirsoul, L. De Backer, D. Schrijvers

summARY Immobilisation is a risk factor for the development of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. We present a case-study in which a patient developed a pulmonary embolism after being immobilised after a short period while subjected to physical restraint. We discuss the risk factors involved and stress the need for research into the prevention of such incidents.

keywords deep venous thrombosis, fixation, immobilisation, lung embolism, prevention