Circulatory Assist Units, Peripheral Compression, Warming/Cooling
Definition : Circulatory assist units designed to apply and release pressure on a patient's arms or legs, facilitating the return of blood through the veins to the heart while also producing hot or cold air to warm and/or cool the patient. They can be used to minimize venous stasis during and immediately following surgery, as well as during long periods of immobility, reducing the risk of deep venous thrombosis, which can produce pulmonary embolism. These units typically consist of an electric air-compression pump, a pressure-control mechanism, a timing mechanism, tubing connectors, and tubing that conducts the air from the pump to cuffs or pneumatic stockings, and an electrically controlled solid state heating and cooling device to warm and/or cool the patient. Peripheral circulatory assist units are used in clinical facilities or at home; some units are designed to treat chronic edema, including lymphedema.
Entry Terms : "Circulatory Assist Units, Peripheral Compression/Thermal"
UMDC code : 25709