Arjo Huntleigh offer a comprehensive range of IPC systems for the prevention of DVT. Each of our products is safe and simple to use, non-invasive and is a proven solution to help reduce the incidence of DVT.
Clinical evidence demonstrates that Arjo Huntleighs range of Flowtron IPC Systems are an effective method of DVT prophylaxis and are proven to reduce rates of DVT to a level comparable to anticoagulants (Ginzburg et al 2001, Richards et al 2001).
Complication free & non-invasive
Arjo Huntleighs IPC Systems are suitable for patients for whom pharmacological prophylaxis carries additional risks or is contraindicated. It is proven to be a safe, complication free, non-invasive method of prophylaxis.
Other clinical benefits
IPC has been shown to reduce pain, enhance circulation, provide a drier post-operative field and reduce wound haematoma (Capper et al 1998, Stone et al 1996).
Flowtron IPC Systems are proven to offer both direct and indirect cost savings compared to pharmaceutical methods of DVT prophylaxis (Ginzburg et al 2001).
High level of patient concordance
“Patient satisfaction: Vendor W [Arjo Huntleigh] had the highest level of acceptance, especially with respect to comfort and quietness” (Proctor et al 2000).
Natural physiological process
The key to Flowtron IPC Systems is that they mimic the natural physiological process of walking. During walking venous return is enhanced by the pumping action of the lower leg and the squeezing action of the veins of the foot. It is a safe and simple to use method of DVT prophylaxis.
Recommendations for Use
- The Flowtron System should be applied to the patient pre-operatively, prior to the induction of anaesthesia
- The system should be used continuously for no less than 72 hours post-operatively or until the patient becomes fully ambulatory
- If the calf or thigh garment can not be applied to the operative limb during surgery, it may be applied to the limb once the patient reaches the recovery unit
- In the non-surgical patient the system should be initiated immediately the risk of DVT formation is identified
- Garments should be removed regularly to inspect the skin
- Where appropriate patients should be instructed in the proper use of the system, the purpose of therapy and that any problems should be reported to the nursing staff
The Flowtron System should not be used in the following conditions:
- Severe arteriosclerosis or other ischaemic vascular diseases
- Known or suspected acute DVT or phlebitis
- Severe congestive cardiac failure or any condition where an increase in fluid to the heart may be detrimental
- Pulmonary embolism
- Any local condition in which the garments would interfere, including
gangrene, recent skin graft, dermatitis or untreated, infected leg wounds
If you are unsure of any contraindications refer to the patients physician before using the device
- Garments should be removed immediately if the patient experiences tingling, numbness or pain
- When used for DVT prophylaxis continuous use is recommended and any interruption of therapy for a substantial length of time should be at the discretion of the physician
- Patients should be instructed not to stand or walk with the foot garments on
These are guidelines only and should not replace clinical judgement and experience.