Comparison of the Mortality and Bleeding Risk of Anticoagulant Doses in COVID-19 Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Keywords: Anticoagulants, COVID-19, Bleeding, Mortality


Anticoagulant therapy becomes critical to preventing further complications caused by the hypercoagulative state in COVID-19 patients. The optimal dose and time-dependent administration of anticoagulants remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine the mortality and bleeding risks of anticoagulants administered to COVID-19 patients. We collected data from articles that compared prophylactic and therapeutic anticoagulants in COVID-19 patients recorded online from studies that were published around 2020 to 2021. We were taking the articles from a scientific database such as ScienceDirect, Cochrane, ProQuest, PubMed, and Google Scholar based on the inclusion criteria. Data analysis was conducted using Review Manager Version 5.4.1 (Cochrane, Copenhagen, Denmark) using Mantel-Haenzel statistical method for categorical data to measure Relative Risk (RR) and 95% Confidence Interval (CI). We use a random-effect analysis model if P for heterogeneity (pHet <0.1) and a fixed-effect analysis model if pHet ≥0.1. Based on time dependent-manner, therapeutic anticoagulant showed no benefit in reducing mortality (RR = 0.69; 95% CI = 0.47 to 1.02). Beside, based on dose-dependent manner, prophylactic anticoagulant was found beneficial to prevent mortality (RR = 0.49; CI 95%; p = 0.02) compared to therapeutic. Therapeutic anticoagulants also showed higher risk of bleeding (RR = 0.27; CI 95%; p < 0.000001) compared to prophylactic. Therapeutic have no significantly benefit over prophylactic dose in reducing mortality rates. Therapeutic anticoagulant has a higher risk of bleeding in patients with COVID-19. Administer prophylactic dose is recommended due to the fewer side effects compared to the therapeutic dose.


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How to Cite
Purnomo, A. F., Syaban, M. F. R., Faratisha , I. F. D., Ekasiwi, F. D., Juwono, M. A., Hudayana, N., Kinesya, E., Mannagalli, Y., & Pasaribu, E. A. (2022). Comparison of the Mortality and Bleeding Risk of Anticoagulant Doses in COVID-19 Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Indonesian Journal of Pharmacy, 33(2), 186-192.
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