TED Hose are Not the Same as Compression Hose

September 15, 2014

Anti-emboli compression garments are designed to prevent deep vein blood clots (DVT) in patients having surgery or who are immobilized in the hospital. They are sometimes referred to as "T.E.D. hose," standing for ThromboEmbolism Deterrent hose. It is important to understand that T.E.D. hose are not meant for ambulatory patients and the term should not be applied to prescription graduated compression hose. 


Properly fitted graduated compression hose are important for establishing to insurance companies the need for vein treatment and are used in association with treatment. TED hose are not adequate for either of these purposes. 


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