Continuing Care for DVT is Crucial Step for Prevention

DMP_Blog-FeatureImage-061616According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a patient is at risk for a blood clot following surgery for up to three months after their procedure. In most cases, following a surgical procedure lasting more than four hours, doctors will prescribe the use of pneumatic compression therapy devices.

Pneumatic compression therapy devices like our Cirona® 6200 and 6300 can be used in conjunction with one another in a variety of different care settings but most notably, following a surgical procedure.

A 2004 study found that there was a 52% risk reduction with the use of pneumatic compression therapy devices in comparison with the use of no prophylaxis whatsoever.

A 2015 study titled, “Incidence of hospital readmission in patients diagnosed with DVT and PE: clinical burden or recurrent events,” the study’s authors analyzed hospital claims from October 2009 to April 2013 that listed DVT or PE as their primary diagnosis. Of the 214,901 patients approximately 4% were readmitted with the same diagnosis.
All of the hospital stays cost money and the readmissions cost even more. But continued use of pneumatic compression devices in the hospital post-surgery and in the home once discharged can lower your risk.
Knowing the signs of DVT are very important whether you are recovering from surgery or not. The CDC says that symptoms of DVT include swelling, pain, tenderness, and redness of the skin. It is also important to know that you can have a pulmonary embolism, or PE, without any symptoms of a blood clot.
A PE occurs when a blood clot breaks off and travels to your lungs or heart, which can be fatal.
Signs and symptoms of a PE include difficulty breathing, faster than normal or irregular heartbeat, chest pain or discomfort, which usually worsens with a deep breath, or coughing, and very low blood pressure.
Doctors advise to seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
For more information about the Cirona® 6200 and the portable Cirona® 6300, ask your healthcare provider or call us directly at 866-446-0092.