The term TED hose stands for thrombo-embolic deterrent. These stockings are meant to prevent deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT. They stockings are often used by post-operative patients or people who are confined to bed. The lack of walking and movement can cause blood clots to develop in the legs or feet. TED stockings use graduated pressure up the length of the sock to increase blood flow and reduce the risk of developing blood clots. TED hose are available in various compression levels, closed and open toe styles, as well as different colors. It is important to talk to your doctor to decide which type of TED socks you need. Covidien TED stockings are a popular brand recommended by physicians.
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