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Moore's Pharmacy has a limited stock of Vascular Stockings in stock, including Jobst and T.E.D.  Please come in for a measurement and if your size in out of stock, we can order it for next day delivery in most cases.

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Applying anti-embolism stockings isn't just pulling on socks


Make sure you're using proper technique to maximize their therapeutic effect.

IF YOUR PATIENT is at risk for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, his primary care provider may order elastic anti-embolism stockings to help prevent clotting. By applying pressure, these stockings increase the velocity of blood flow in the superficial and deep veins and improve venous valve function. The stockings are available in knee-high and thigh-high lengths. Some are designed with toe openings so you can assess the feet for circulatory problems.

Applying the stockings

Apply anti-embolism stockings before your patient stands in the morning, when edema is less likely. If he's been up, have him lie with his legs elevated for 15 to 30 minutes to aid venous return.

Gather the equipment: a tape measure, talcum powder, and anti-embolism stockings of the correct size and length (see Sizing Up the Situation). Check the order and assess the skin condition and neurovascular status of your patients legs. If you note any abnormalities or if he has a latex allergy, notify the primary care provider before proceeding.

Explain the procedure to your patient, provide privacy, and wash your hands. Dust his ankles with talcum powder unless he has a breathing problem or sensitivity to the powder. Stand at the foot of the bed.

After application Make sure your patient's anti-embolism stockings don't turn down at the top or up at the toe opening with movement. A rolled top can cause excessive pressure and impede arterial flow and venous return. Have the patient wear the stockings continuously, but check his toes at least every 4 hours or more often if he has edema. Note the skin color, temperature, and sensation and assess for swelling and ability to move. If he develops complications, remove the stockings and notify the primary care provider immediately. Remove the stockings at least daily to provide skin care.

Record the dates and times you apply and remove the stockings, their length and size, the condition of the patient's legs before and after treatment, the condition of his toes during treatment, any complications, and his tolerance of the treatment.

Source: Nursing Procedures, 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.

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