Pneumatic Compression Pumps are used to treat people with too much liquid in their extremities. Compression pumps are available by prescription only. It’s expected that if your are using compression pump therapy, you are in regular consultation with your doctor. There are two types of compression pumps, DVT pumps and Lymphedema pumps. At Vitality Medical, we have helped thousands of people select the right machine for their therapy.
WHAT IS DVT?
DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis. A thrombosis is the same as a clot. When it occurs in a deep vein like the Femoral Vein, the clot could break loose and end up in the lungs. This is known as a PE, or pulmonary embolism, and can be fatal.
Hospitals, clinics, and surgery centers are the primary users of DVT pumps. If your doctor prescribes one for you, you should follow your doctors orders. You should be aware that DVT Pumps are significantly more expensive than Lymphedema pumps so if you have questions about your prescription double check with your doctor.
Using Pneumatic Compression for DVT
Intermittent pneumatic compression devices are used to prevent deep vein thrombosis. DVT Pumps, including the Huntleigh Flowtron Excel DVT Pump the KCI Pulse SC Gradient Sequential Pump, the Huntleigh Flowtron Trio DVT Pump, and the Huntleigh Flowtron Universal DVT Pump inflate garments, either knee high or even foot only, which results in decreased pooling of blood in the legs. DVT pumps are often used when people stay in a hospital.
WHAT IS Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial (in-between) tissue that causes swelling. Most often the swelling occurs in the extremities-the arms, the legs or both. When the Lymphatic System can’t move the excess fluid out of the extremities the fluid collects in the tissues which causes swelling and open sores. The Swelling may become painful and left untreated Lymphangitis (Infection) may develop. Like any infection, doctors take Lymphangitis seriously and often will discontinue Lymphedema treatments to cure the infection first.
According to Lymphatic Therapy Services, Inc. “Factors that can contribute to lymphedema are surgery and/or radiation therapy, infections, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, recurrent tumors, and trauma to the remaining lymphatics.”
Using Pneumatic Compression to treat Lymphedema
If your doctor has prescribed a lymphedema pump it is assumed that she or he has instructed you in the use of the pump. You will need to know what type of pump you will need there are two.
Sequential Compression Pumps inflate in three chambers, sequentially compressing the tissue from the end of the arm (fingers) or leg (toes) then sequentially moving up the arm or leg in three phases. Examples of the Sequential Pumps include the Huntleigh Flowtron FPR and the Jobst System 7500.
Typically, a garment (the sleeves are called garments) only fits the associated pump. In other words, KCI 7500 garments fit the KCI 7500 pump. When ordering a pump you will also want to order the garment. Success in compression therapy has a lot to do with getting the right size sleeve. If you get a sleeve that is too small, it will be useless to you. Our professionals at Vitality Medical will be happy to help you select the right garments and pumps for your needs. We can give you some tips on measurement as well.
THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT
COMPRESSION PUMP REMINDERS:
- Get a Prescription – We cannot ship this item without a prescription. It is important that you are in consultation with you doctor when using compression therapy.
- Measure Carefully – All of our garments are specifically sized. The primary measurements that you will need are length and circumferences. For arms, measure the length from wrist to just below the armpit, and the circumference of the arm at the wrist, forearm and at the thickest point at the bicep. For legs, measure the length from ankle to the top of the inseam, and the circumference of the leg at the ankle, calf and at the thickest point at the thigh.
- Buy Replacement Sleeves Now – The garments inflate and deflate during use, there will be regular wear and tear. Eventually the garment will wear out long before the machine will. Since these garments are machine specific an extra supply could save you money in the long run.
Untreated, Lymphedema can develop into more severe irreparable conditions. Compression therapy is more preventative when it comes to DVT. When using either type of compression pump, regular consultation with your doctor is vital for your health.
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