Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse, on August 8, 2022
Anti-embolism stockings are hosiery products that help reduce the threat of blood clots forming in the legs. Anti-embolism stockings improve blood circulation in the leg veins by applying graduated compression. Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a disorder that includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Thrombosis is clot formation. Embolism is the breaking off of small particles from clots. Thrombosis blocks the blood vessel at a narrowing where emboli can block healthy vessels. If the clot somehow travels and reaches the lungs it is called a Pulmonary Embolism.
Stockings are the elastic garment that is worn around the leg. Anti-embolism stockings are effective in reducing the risk of Thromboembolism. The purpose of anti-embolism stockings is to apply appropriate pressure on legs varying from 8mmHg to 50mmHg, that helps prevent the occurrence of, and guards against further progression of venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis.
The duration may differ according to the severity and the recommendation of your healthcare professional. It could be 2 weeks or more. After surgery it is recommended to wear anti-embolism stockings until you are able to move around freely and comfortably. Compression stockings come in a variety of sizes, lengths and colors. They're also available with different strengths of compression. You may need to wear them on both legs or on just one leg. You should wear your compression stockings during the day and take them off before going to bed. Put them on again in the morning.
Cleaning should be frequent enough to remove the natural bodily secretions and skin flakes, which if you let remain may cause damage to stocking fiber and decrease the life span of the garment. You should choose two stockings, keeping in mind that you are wearing one and the other is in reserve. Hand washing your stockings at about 40 °C /104F (comfortable hand temperature) and dry them away from direct heat in the air. Do not place them in the dryer.
Step 1: Insert your hand and grab the stocking at the top of heel pocket.
Step 2: While still holding the heel pocket turn the top of the stocking down toward the toe.
Step 3: Open the stocking and slide your foot in until your toe and heel are positioned in place.
Step 4: Grab the top of your stocking and pull up over your ankle and calf.
Step 5: For optimal fit ensure that the material is evenly distributed on the leg by massaging the garment into place.
Step 6: You’ll know it is on correctly when it is about 2 finger widths below to the bend of your knee.
Nurses, flight attendants and anyone standing for long hour shifts should wear them comfortably. Even people while traveling choose to wear them. Ladies who have undergone C-Section (Caesarean section) can also wear anti-embolism stockings.
Stockings are not recommended for patients with the following:
Medtronic Covidien Kendall Open Toe Knee Length TED Anti-Embolism Stockings help reduce venous stasis below knee when thigh length styles are contraindicated medically. Inlay circumferential knit offers one-way horizontal stretch and well-defined heel pocket ensures correct placement, preventing slippage. Clinically-proven graduated compression pattern of TED Anti-Embolism Stockings helps ensure optimum blood flow velocity. Toe opening allows for easy inspection of the skin and pedal pulse. TED Anti-Embolism Knee Length Stockings are available in different sizes and two lengths, fitting a calf circumference of up to 26 inches.
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