When to Change TED Hose
TED hose are used by many kinds of patients both in and outside of the hospital setting. It is important to know when to change TED hose in order to maximize their effectiveness at preventing dangerous blood clots.
What are TED Hose?
If you have ever been hospitalized for a surgery or other type of medical procedure, you have more than likely had to wear TED hose or compression stockings during your recovery. TED hose are anti-embolism stockings. The T.E.D. stands for Thrombo Embolic Deterrent. TED hose are commonly used in hospital settings for patients that are bedridden or those not yet able to walk around. Outside of the hospital setting, they are also commonly prescribed for diabetics, others with limited mobility, and people who have had blood clots or a pulmonary embolism.
TED hose are a type of compression stockings, but there are many other kinds of compression hose that serve other purposes and can be used for a broader range of people. TED hose work by creating compression in the legs. They are a very tightly-knitted form of hosiery. Because of this, they also fit tightly around the legs and can create a lot of discomfort if worn for longer periods of time.
How Long Should TED Hose Be Worn?
Doctors typically recommend that TED hose be worn for as long of a period as can be tolerated. The standard recommendation is 23 hours of the day, allowing one hour for bathing and related activities. Long term use of the hose can cause skin irritations and itching in some people. TED hose should also be changed frequently and in certain situations in order to maximize their effectiveness. In the hospital setting, this is even more important since the risk of blood clots is very dangerous in some types of patients and following surgeries.
When to Change TED Hose
Manufacturer recommendations for changing TED hose are to change the stockings out at least once every two weeks. The elasticity of the hose weakens over time. This can cause the TED hose to lose their effectiveness, and compression on the legs is diminished. Those who use compression stockings at home should throw old TED hose away after two weeks of use and put on a new pair.
TED hose should also be changed any time there is damage to the hosiery. Since these are tight-fitting stockings, they are often very difficult to put on without a lot of tugging. However, snags, runs, or tears in the TED hose can make them ineffective. Nurses and patients who use compression hose at home should use care when putting the stocking on and frequently check for any signs of damage. Change TED hose whenever there are any holes, tears, snags, or runs. Throw damaged pairs of compression stockings away and use a new pair to better prevent blood clots in the legs.
Change TED hose any time that they become wet or soiled. This is more for the safety of the patient than for the effectiveness of the TED hose. Wet or soiled compression stockings can cause chafing and skin irritation and should not be left on. Soiled TED hose can be washed, and wet TED hose can be dried and reused again, but should never be left on.