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Compression Stockings: Application, Removal and Care

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Compression stockings are used to treat and prevent a variety of conditions, including varicose veins, lymphoedema and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They work by squeezing the veins and muscles in the leg, which helps to improve blood circulation in the legs and reduce swelling.

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Compression stockings are used to treat and prevent a variety of conditions, including varicose veins, lymphoedema and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Compression stockings work by squeezing the veins and muscles in the leg. The compression is firmest at the ankles and gradually reduces higher up the leg. This helps to improve blood circulation in the legs and reduce swelling by preventing fluid from accumulating in the ankles. When not properly applied and cared for, compression stockings may cause complications such as impaired skin integrity and pressure injuries in vulnerable clients. However, with appropriate care and monitoring, these complications are preventable.

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Vicki Ellem
23 Jun 2021
On point ,nothing to add .
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Kathleen Poulton
23 Jun 2021
A quick and concise education to underpin already learnt knowledge.
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Shontia charlett
19 May 2022
Great information
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Olivia SOPI
25 Jul 2021
Learnt an easier way of applying the stockings
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Saragh Parfitt
16 Jul 2021
Useful tips
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Victoria Mathews
11 Jan 2022
Great source for new nurses who are unfamiliar with the process of donning and doffing compression stockings.
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Melina Giri
06 Jan 2022
Very informative and demontration was easy to understand.
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Tilly Waite
26 Jun 2021
Good to reinforce existing knowledge.
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Zhimin Zhang
21 Jun 2021
Give another look at the use of compression stockings.
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LEANDA MICHELLE
13 Jul 2021
Informative and well written
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