Your doctor has prescribed anti-coagulation medications to prevent blood clots and increase the blood flow in your legs. Along with taking your medications as prescribed, T.E.D. anti-embolism stockings will help prevent blood clots in the deep veins of your legs.
Commonly referred to as TED or TEDS Hose – T.E.D. means thrombo-embolic disease/devices. Anti-embolism stockings are long, tight fitting “socks” that keep mild graduated pressure on the legs. Proper size and fit is important in order for stockings to be effective. Your nurse will assess the size and length of the stockings.
What is the purpose of TED anti-embolism stockings?The graduated compression of the stockings will help the blood to constantly move in the leg providing good circulation; therefore, preventing blood from sitting idle which can lead to blood clots in the deep veins of the leg.
Research has shown that using these stockings along with anti-coagulation medication, such as Coumadin or Lovenox, helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins of your legs) Inexpensive way to apply compression in legs in varying degrees (more pressure in the ankles)
Did you know that:If TED hose are used properly along with medications, they can reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots) in hospitalized patients by 55-70% Note: Your physician can offer guidance regarding knee high vs. thigh high stockings!(Agu, O., Hamilton, G., and Baker, D. (1999). Graduated compression stockings in the prevention of venous thromboembolism. British Journal of Surgery, 86, 992-1004)(Anti-Embolism Stocking image reproduced with permission from http://www.tedhose.com, 888-744-7347, firstname.lastname@example.org 10.20.2005)