What are T.E.D. Anti-Embolism Stockings?
T.E.D. stockings are an abbreviation for "thromboembolism-deterrent". They are stockings designed and worn to support the venous and lymphatic drainage of the leg, which means when you are recovering in bed these stockings will help stop blood clots from forming. If you are non-ambulatory then the gradient compression is combined with the actual muscle pump effect of your calf, these two things work together to help circulate blood and lymph fluid through your legs. T.E.D. stockings are available in knee and thigh length. As far as which you should wear, you will want to speak to your doctor about which is better for your hospital stay as well as your recovery. Blood clots can form for up to six weeks following surgery or an extended hospital stay so you will want to continue using T.E.D stockings after you leave the hospital. T.E.D. stockings are like all compression stockings and socks, in order for them to work they require accurate sizing. It is a good idea to learn how to take accurate measurements from a compression stockings and socks buyer's guide.
Are T.E.D. Stockings the same as T.E.D. Hose?
Yes, T.E.D. stockings are known as stockings or hose, different people call them different things. I have seen both used interchangeably and sometimes they are used interchangeably even on the same web page. I have noticed over time that many things in the medical community have different names that are almost used with equal frequency. Take disposable underpads as an example. They are called underpads and they are also called, "Chux" or "Chucks". Ostomy patients have to deal with their flange and/or wafer being called a barrier, baseplate....you get the idea. Sometimes the name difference seems to be linked to the different styles of anti-embolism compression. For instance if they are knee length, then they are called "stockings" or if they are thigh length, then they are called "hose". However, this is not always the case and you should always read the product description before purchasing to make sure you are getting the correct version. The important part of the name is, "T.E.D.", because that will help you ensure you are getting actual anti-embolism stockings or hose whether they are made by Covidien or Jobst.
What Compression Level are T.E.D. Stockings and Hose?
Anti-embolism stockings and hose work differently than traditional compression stockings and socks. T.E.D. hose changes compression levels as it goes up the leg. The highest compression is at the ankle and then the compression gets less as the stocking moves up your leg. You can expect 18mmHg at the ankle, 14mmHg at the calf, lower thigh will be around 10mmHg, and then 8mmHg at the upper thigh. anti-embolism stockings and hose are meant to be worn when you are recovering from an illness or any time you will be bed bound for any length of time such as a prolonged sickness or a hospital stay. They are not meant to be worn when you are up and moving around. For daily active wear you will want to get regular compression stockings or socks.