Compression Stockings May Not Be As Effective As You Think
“Ted hose,” or graduated compression stockings, are commonly promoted as an effective deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and blood clot prevention measure. While the compression they offer may be better than nothing in a pinch, they can’t match the protection of an intermittent pneumatic compression device. IPCs are recommended over graduated compression stockings by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and other health organizations.
Graduated Compression Stockings
Ted hose, or graduated compression stockings, are often a go-to solution because they are an easy-to-find, one-size-fits-all solution. Because of this, they rarely provide a fit that will provide even the maximum gradient compression they can offer, an inadequate 18mm Hg. They are not proven as an especially effective prevention measure, and they are more likely to cause a skin reaction than a more advanced prophylaxis device.
Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) devices are recommended over Ted hose by many health organizations. IPC devices utilize intermittent and well-distributed mechanical compression to promote blood flow. Downsides to these devices include the bulkiness of the machine, tubing, and power cords. However as technology advances, more lightweight, comfortable, and mobile compression devices like the VenaOne and the Circul8 Pro are quickly becoming a go-to option among physicians, surgeons, nurses, and patients. These technologically advanced medical devices allow physicians to easily monitor use and assess patient health. The true mobility and comfort of these devices increase patient compliance and therefore greatly reduce the occurrence of DVT or blood clots, both in the hospital and after discharge.
In a category that had essentially remained unchanged since the 1980s, new technological advances have ushered in a new generation of whole-body health. DVT can affect anyone, and utilizing the most effective prevention solutions could mean the difference between life and death.