Compression Therapy

Deep vein thrombosis protection is used in hospitals and homes to lower risk of developing blood clots. Higher risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs in non-mobile populations, pregnant women, smokers, women taking the pill, heart patients and the obese. Perisurgical compression therapy is always recommended in these populations.

Zone Medical currently supplies a reliable intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) device. While compression socks are often the cheapest DVT prevention method of choice, this cost saving is often short-term. Cheap compression socks, thrombo-embolic deterrent (TED) stockings or anti-embolism socks do not last and need to be replaced at regular intervals, a recommendation that many people are unaware of. Patients often bring their own compression socks to hospital to save money but these have often lost their elasticity through overuse or over washing and provide no DVT protection. Single socks also get lost. To provide a method of DVT protection that lasts and is cost effective, compression therapy using intermittent pneumatic compression is preferred.

Portable DVT pumps from Zone Medical are adjustable to five or six working modes. The MedCaptain TP20 and TP20S can be used either at home or in a medical setting. Convenient and easy to set up, anyone can use this portable IPC device in the correct manner. For home, we recommend the one-touch smart control of the TP20S. The ergonomically-designed leg cuffs are soft and adjustable to fit any leg size. In addition, the entire device weighs less than one kilogram (less than a pair of shoes).

Hospitals are often unwilling to justify the cost of pneumatic DVT devices. However, issuing new socks to every surgical, pregnant, non-mobile or other at-risk for DVT patient is also an expensive option. TED stockings should be considered disposable items in hospital settings as returning patients may have frequently washed or worn socks, or lost them, between hospital stays. Having IPC devices on hand in the operating department which can travel with the patient to the recovery or PACU and then on to the ward will prevent potential complications that require supplementary drugs, equipment or even surgery, all of which are expensive and unnecessary. Cuffs can be simply disinfected after use and the IPC used on the next patient. Furthermore, there are no cables or pump units that can be lost or discourage the patient from moving his or her limbs with all-in-one MedCaptain IPC devices.