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Anti Embolism Hosiery – How They Work



Used to aid the circulation of blood and lymph fluid through a patient’s legs, anti embolism hosiery operate on very simple scientific principles.


The hosiery provide graduated, decreasing compression from the ankle up to (and sometimes past) the knee. Combined with the calf’s natural muscle pump effect, this constant, distributed compression promotes the flow of lymph fluid and blood without the need for electric or mechanical devices. This enhanced blood flow significantly decreases the chances of venous blood clotting.


Some care, however, is required to ensure the effective use of anti embolism hosiery. From the very beginning, proper measurement and fitting are essential. A good fit will increase the likelihood of a patient’s successful use of anti embolism hosiery.


Follow-up with patients who use the hosiery at home is also crucial. Healthcare professionals should strongly discourage patients from trying to use larger than prescribed hosiery because the patients find the pressure of correctly sized models to be uncomfortable. Using the wrong size of anti embolism hosiery foils the stockings’ ability to aid circulation.


Often, educating patients about the correct procedures to put on the stockings – along with properly managing expectations for how the hose will feel – are enough to get a patient back on track with the right model.


In some cases, anti embolism hosiery may exacerbate a patient’s tendency to develop pressure ulcers on the heel. In these situations, prescribing a specially developed model like HeelSafe™ DVT Hose, can help prevent heel pressure ulcers while still providing all the benefits of anti embolism hosiery.


Contact us now for more information on how HeelSafe DVT Hose can make a difference in your patients’ lives.

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