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Clinical Tip: How long should mechanical compression devices be worn each day to have the best patient outcome?

Clinical Tip: How long should mechanical compression devices be worn each day to have the best patient outcome?

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Mechanical compression devices should be worn at least 18-20 hours a day to be effective.

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC

Graduated compression stockings and other mechanical compression devices have been shown not to be effective unless they are worn at least 18- 20 hours a day.

Mechanical compression devices exert their therapeutic effects by limiting venous stasis and enhancing fibrinolysis. Continue reading “Clinical Tip: How long should mechanical compression devices be worn each day to have the best patient outcome?”