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Simplifying hosiery prescribing with the Hosiery Hunter selection tool

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Simplifying hosiery prescribing with the Hosiery Hunter selection tool

Karen York, Natalie Freeman
12 March 2019

Compression therapy is a lifelong intervention required for patients with lower limb venous and lymphatic disorders. Medical compression stockings (MCSs) also referred to as hosiery differ from anti-embolism stockings or non-medical support socks such as flight socks or support tights. MCSs are designed for ambulatory patients and provide graduated compression, with the greatest pressure exerted at the ankle and gradually decreasing up the garment (Lim and Davies, 2014). Adjustable velcro compression devices (ACVDs) are also described as pressure wraps (Everett, 2016), they too provide graduated compression, which is often easier to apply (Ritchie and Freeman, 2018). This article aims to highlight the many different aspects to consider when selecting a compression garment and how this could be simplified with a new selection tool.

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