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Sequential Compression Devices
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What are sequential compression devices?
Sequential compression devices (SCDs) are inflatable sleeves that fit around your legs. The sleeves are attached to a pump that inflates and deflates the sleeves. The pumping action acts like your muscles to help blood flow and prevent clots. SCDs are often used after surgery until you can get up and walk.
What do I need to know about SCDs?
- Wear your SCDs as directed by your healthcare provider. You will need to have them removed before you get up to walk, go to the bathroom, or bathe. Ask for help to take them off. Do not remove the SCDs on your own.
- Good skin care is important when you wear SCDs. Healthcare providers will remove the sleeves and check your skin frequently. Tell them if you have discomfort or pain while wearing the SCDs.
- Let your healthcare providers know if the alarm goes off. They may need to make sure the SCDs are attached correctly or adjust the tubing.
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