While I know that Sequential TEDs are effective in dvt prophilaxis, the question I have is when do the TEDs no longer becoming useful? Is it when the pt is getting 2 times a day? 4? when the pt is ambulating 50 feet? I mean at what point do the sequentials no longer have any purpose or aren't really doing anything because the pt is moving enough? I've tried looking through the literature I have access to and I haven't found anything yet
and google hasn't been helpful eather
So any help or nugs in the right direction would be very helpful :-D
Jun 20, '09
I googled around a little bit and didn't find much but this particular passage did jump out at me:
"In a number of prospective, randomized studies, SCDs have been shown to reduce the incidence of both DVT and PE. Unanswered questions regarding the use of SCDs include the mechanism by which SCDs act, the efficacy of SCDs worn on the upper extremities or a single lower extremity compared to both lower extremities, the nature of risk involved in discontinuing SCDs periodically during use, and the duration of SCD use."
-retrieved from http://east.org/tpg/archive/html/chap52body.html
From what I was reading, it seems that there's no way to determine an across the board guideline for the sleeves because of each unique medical hx and situation.
Like you said, there isn't a lot of info out there on these...hope this helped a little.
Last edit by jesskalpn on Jun 20, '09
: Reason: Footnote notations from the original passage removed because they were showing up incorrectly.