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Difference Between Compression Stockings and T.E.D. Hose

One of the most common methods of maintenance for venous disease is to wear compression stockings. However, many people mistake true medical compression stockings for thrombo-embolic deterrent (T.E.D.) hose. There are three major differences between the two: the level of compression, reason for wearing them, and physical appearance.Medical Compression

Medical Compression Stockings

  1. Level of compression: >15 mmHg
  2. Purpose: Improve blood flow in extremity through gentle squeezing – utilized mainly for venous disease including varicose veins, edema, and stasis skin changes
  3. Come in many different colors and styles

T.E.D. Hose   TED Hose

  1. Level of compression: 8-15 mmHg
  2. Purpose: Prevent pooling of blood to ultimately decrease the risk of getting a blood clot
  3. White with a “hole” designed for easy monitoring of a patient’s circulatory status

An easy way to remember the difference between true medical compression stockings and T.E.D. hose is to ask the question is the patient on bed-rest (non-ambulatory) or are they able to get up and move around (ambulatory)? If a patient is non-ambulatory, they typically require T.E.D. hose. “T.E.D.s are for beds”.  If they are ambulatory, medical compression stockings are most likely what the patient needs.

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