What is the Difference Between AES And Medical Compression Stockings?

Written By: Renuka Published In: Why to Created Date: 2017-06-20 Hits: 88 Comment: 0

Very often we are asked this question, what is exactly the difference between Anti-Embolism stockings and the regular medical compression stockings. Can they be used interchangeably? The answer is NO

Let us dwell deeper into this step by step

As the name suggest, an Anti-Embolism Stoking (AES) is worn to prevent and Embolism. Therefore, they predominantly fall into the group of preventive stockings.

Anti-embolism stockings are clinically approved as a prophylaxis to prevent DVT in pre, intra post-operative use.  Generally, patients who are bedridden or immobile for a long time have an impaired blood circulation. Wearing Anti-Embolism stockings increase the flow rate of the venous return and help to prevent the clot that lead to pulmonary embolism or chronic venous insufficiency.

Compression Level: AES usually have a very mild compression level ranging between 8-18 mm Hg

Colour: Usually White

Durability: Roughly 2 months

 

Now let’s move on to Medical Compression Stockings

Medical compression stockings are graduated compression stockings with a specific compression class. You can read more about the different compression class here

Medical Compression stockings are used as therapeutic use to address issues like varicose veins, spider veins, DVT, lymphedema etc in ambulatory patients.

Compression Level: Medical Compression Stockings have compression levels of Class I (15-20mm Hg), Class II (23-32 mm Hg) or Class III (34-42 mm Hg)

Colour: Usually Beige

Durability: 4-6 Months.

 

Please Note: The above statements do not replace nor override the doctor call on which stocking is to be worn. Also, the durability is a function of the brands used. The Facts stated above are taking into consideration Vitamed and Venosan brands sold on this portal.

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