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What are some tips for buying used sequential compression devices for DVT prophylaxis?

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While evaluating a used sequential compression device for DVT prophylaxis, check for the condition of the product and whether you can examine it before purchase. Evaluate the appropriateness of the compression site and comfort, as well as whether the compression breaks the skin of the patient, advises MedWow.

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Under certain medical conditions, such as following major surgery or during treatment for diabetes, there is an increased likelihood of developing blood clots in the legs, or deep vein thrombosis. DVT can be fatal if untreated. During treatment and prevention, sleeves placed over the patient’s legs inflate periodically, compressing the legs and removing the possibility of clot formation in the hospital setting. This treatment option continues at home for recovering patients, as of 2015, reports Great Lakes Caring.

These mechanical prophylactic systems target different areas of the lower extremities, such as thigh, calf and whole limb. The device may also target a combination of these areas, such as calf and thigh compression. Choose a device based on the area affected by the surgery or illness. For example, a device for the whole leg would not benefit a patient after knee surgery. Follow the recommendation of the surgeon or attending physicians before purchasing a device, suggests the National Institutes of Health.

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