Medical compression garments should be measured by a trained fitter where possible
Important points when measuring for compression garments
Early morning if possible when leg is not swollen
If the leg is swollen, elevate leg for a period of time
Patient should be standing where possible
REMEMBER! CORRECT SIZE IS EVERYTHING!
If the garment is too tight, the client will be uncomfortable and the likelihood of them wearing the stockings all day is slim.
If the garment is too big, the client will spend all day pulling it up
Incorrect sizing will cause discomfort to the client and will result in poor compliance
If measurements are at the very end of the size scale there will be minimal stretch left in the garment
If this occurs, move up to the next size. This will still give the correct compression, but garment will be more comfortable and easier to don.
If a client is very elderly or has poor muscle strength, start with a lower compression garment. Once they are used to wearing and donning this garment, you can introduce a higher compression if needed.
To get accustomed to wearing compression garments, wear them for a couple of hours a day initially and gradually increase the time for wearing them.
COMPLIANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT IN ACHIEVING THERAPEUTIC RESULTS Correct sizing + Correct garment = RESULTS
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