Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot formed in the deep veins, mostly in the lower extremities.
In its fatal form, the clot travels through the venous systems to the lungs and causes a Pulmonary Emboli (PE). In the US alone, more than 200,000 people die each year from DVT complications.
Surgical patients are at high risk for DVT and often receive preventive treatment. Such preventive treatment usually includes anticoagulant drugs and lower extremities mechanical compression.
Anticoagulant drugs interfere with the body's clotting mechanism and aid in dissolving clots. Compression devices aid in preventing clots formation by imitating the action of the calf muscles and increasing venous flow velocity.
Both modes of DVT prevention have been proven effective. Anticoagulant drugs are associated with side-effects that include excessive bleeding. Compression devices suffer from low patient-compliance.
Compression therapy would be the ideal if compliance can be increased.
A portable compression device may increase compliance and efficacy!