Compression stockings are a specialized hosiery designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of, venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. Compression stockings are elastic garments worn around the leg, compressing the limb
- Varicose vein
- Swollen leg
- Prevention of venous disorder of leg
- To help prevent formation of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT for short) is the name given to blood clots that can form in the veins of your leg following surgery or long periods of bed rest in the hospital, among other reasons. If the clot becomes loose, it can break away and travel through the veins to the heart and lungs and may block a major blood vessel. This is known as a Pulmonary Embolism or PE. Pulmonary Embolism is a serious condition which in some cases may be fatal.
- To promote increased blood flow velocity in the legs by compression of the deep venous system.
How To use
- Wash your hands : Wash your hands following the procedure as discussed in ‘Hand Washing Skills”. After washing, wear the gloves.
- Greet the Patient : As you enter the patient’s room, greet him/her. Explain that what are you up to. It will trim down the fear and anxiety of the patient to a great extent and give him/her an opportunity to support you with the procedure.
- Measure the size of the stockings : Ensure that the stockings are of the correct size for your patient. Anti-embolism stockings are made up of elastic and may worsen the situation, if the patient has latex allergy. Therefore, make sure that the patient is not having latex allergy.
- Position the Patient : Help the patient in attaining supine position i.e. lying down on his/her back. In case, the patient is not feeling comfortable in this position, shift to another position to make him more comfortable.
- Apply the stockings : Before applying the anti-embolism stockings, ensure that the patient’s feet are dry (if not, apply talcum powder to make them dry).
- Put stockings on the patient’s foot, by gathering its fabric into your hands.
- Roll it upwards, until its upper edge reaches just above the patient’s knee.
- Dispose the gloves : After completing this procedure, take out your gloves and dispose them. Wash your hands.