Dynamic compression devices provide a therapeutic, controlled external compression or pressure cycle to a limb, trunk, genitals, and/or the face. Compressed air intermittently inflates a specially designed garment. They are used in lymphedema and venous ulcer management and prophylactically to reduce edema and aid return of venous blood to the heart. Physician order should specify level of compression and body parts. Always apply according to manufacturer's recommendations.
Dynamic compression systems, otherwise referred to as pneumatic compression devices, uses pumps and specifically designed sleeves to provide therapeutic, controlled external compression or pressure cycle to a limb. The physician order should specify level of compression required for the specific course of therapy. Always apply according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Dynamic compression therapy systems feature the following general performance properties and attributes:
• Customized garments for different applications
• Stimulates circulation or aids in the return of venous blood to the heart
• Reduces edema
Dynamic compression devices are indicated for the management of venous insufficiency and concomitant ulcers, as well as prophylactically to reduce edema and aid return of venous blood to the heart. Depending on the function of the device, they can also be used to promote circulation to the limbs (as opposed to aiding in the return of venous blood to the heart).
Dynamic compression is contraindicated for patients with an ankle-brachial index of less than 0.8, congestive heart failure, skin grafts, suspected deep vein thrombosis or arterial clots, episodes of inflammatory phlebitis or pulmonary embolism, presence of lymphangiosarcoma, and infections in the limb, including cellulitis, without appropriate antibiotic coverage.