Brands we carry are Jobst, Juzo, Thera Firm, Sigvaris, Solaris and Activa.
There are two types of compression stockings, gradient and anti-embolism.
Gradient compression stockings For patients who are active and walking.
Gradient compression delivers a squeezing to the leg that is tightest at the ankle. The degree of squeezing or compression gradually decreases up the leg. This compression, generally expressed in mmHg (millimeters of mercury).
They are worn by those who are ambulatory in most cases, where they assist the calf muscles to perform their pumping action more efficiently to return blood to the heart.
Anti-Embolism Compression Stockings For bed rest (patients that are immobile)
These stockings are commonly referred to as TED hose, short for ThromboEmbolism-Deterrent hose. They are used to support the venous and lymphatic drainage of the leg in non-ambulatory patients.
Like gradient compression stockings, anti-embolism stockings deliver a distributed amount of compression at the ankle and up the leg.
- To help prevent formation of Deep Vein Thrombosis.
- To promote increased blood flow velocity in the legs by compression of the deep venous system.
Contraindications Stockings are not recommended for patients with the following:
- Any local leg condition in which stockings would interfere, such as: dermatitis, vein ligation (immediately postoperative),
- gangrene, or recent skin graft.
- Severe arteriosclerosis or other ischemic vascular disease.
- Massive edema of legs or pulmonary edema from congestive heart failure.
- Extreme deformity of leg.
What Compression Is Right for Me?
8-15mmHg (Mild) Tired, aching legs. Minor ankle, leg and foot swelling.
18mmHg For patients that are bed ridden.
15-20mmHg (Moderate) Minor varicosities. Minor ankle, leg and foot swelling. Minor varicosities during pregnancy. Postsclerotherapy.
20-30mmHg (Firm) Moderate to severe varicosities. Moderate edema. Moderate to severe varicosities pregnancy. Post sclerotherapy. Helps prevent recurrence of venous ulcerations. Superficial thrombophlebitis. Post surgical.
30-40mmHg (Extra Firm) Severe varicosities. Severe edema, Lymphatic edema. Chronic venous insufficiency. Post sclerotherapy. Helps prevent recurrence of venous ulcerations, manages active venous ulcerations. Orthostatic hypotension. Post surgical. DVT/post thrombotic syndrome.