SCD's and TED hose - page 3

I work at a VA hospital and it is common practice for our MD's to order sequential compression devices and TED hose to be used simultaneously. From the research I have done, there is no additive... Read More

  1. by   arkierns
    Posteror, see my reply posted today.
  2. by   andeam
    In the hospital I work at the mds typically order both teds and scds. In fact, while a patient in this hospital, I was given both, and told to put them on with a bp of 210/110
  3. by   lpnflorida
    We use the Kendal I believe we call them plexi pulses. They work well, no a patient is not to walk on them. Not safe.
  4. by   Lori_B
    I see that it has been years since this was posted, and I have to admit that I did not read every posting so if this information is duplicated forgive me. The reason for having both TED hose and sequential compression devices is because while SCDs do return venous blood from the lower extremities, in surgical patients SCDs are useful because they release endothelium derived nitric oxide and plasminogen into the circulation that increases fibrinolysis and reduces stasis. This is why you can use only one compression device and the effects are the same (i.e. using one compression device on unaffected limb of a lower limb amputee).

    Hope this helps.
  5. by   Zombi RN
    It is more common in my unit for us to put TEDs on the patient post-op than SCDs -- on the ortho floor, when I worked there, they used SCDs more. I used to see both used at the same time on patients a lot more often, but in the last year or so, I have seen physicians only ordering one. So who knows why, but, yeah.