Healthcare Professionals FAQ

Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions:

A doctor has ordered compression for a patient in my facility, what do I do next?

Just call Vascular PRN at 800-886-4331 / 813-643-9862
We can handle your needs to rent or buy the compression therapy equipment quickly and efficiently.

Fax 800-339-8132 / 813-643-2301
601 S. Falkenburg Road, Suite 1-4
Tampa, FL 33619

General corporate mailbox:
[email protected]

For urgent requests:
Telephone 800-886-4331
or e-mail: [email protected]

Office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern

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How fast can I get the equipment sent to me?

A: We can get it shipped to you by UPS overnight express or ground. Vascular PRN knows that time is of the essence when a doctor writes a prescription for compression therapy. Our rental option assures the doctor’s prescription is filled promptly, yet your facility avoids the substantial cash outlay of an equipment purchase that may sit idle for long periods between prescriptions. When you are done with the equipment, return it back to us. Call Vascular PRN at 800-886-4331 to let us know how fast you need it sent.

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What are the different names for compression therapy products?

A: Just like soft drinks, compression therapy is called different names in different parts of the country, but they all mean the same thing. Depending on your location or medical professional’s preference, here is what compression therapy is called:

  • Compression booties
  • Lymphatic sleeves
  • Jobst pump
  • Venodyne boots
  • Lymphapress
  • Lymphedema pump
  • Vascular pump
  • Compression pump
  • Compression sleeves
  • Sequential Compression Device
  • SCD
  • SCUD boots
  • Pneumatic compression therapy
  • Mechanical compression therapy
  • Athrombic pump
  • Venous pump
  • Leg pump
  • Foot pump
  • Arm pump

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Our facility wants to rent the equipment. Tell me more about renting the compression therapy machine.

A: Vascular PRN makes renting the equipment easy and quick. Just call us at 800-886-4331 to go over the quick process. We work with providers in long-term care, critical care, and managed care organizations to expedite their compression therapy equipment at a great value. We will send out the equipment by UPS ground or overnight as needed.

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Can I get help with questions after I receive the equipment?

A: Definitely, we are here at 800-886-4331 to help with your question or email: [email protected]

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. We provide service to all 50 states.

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What is the difference between intermittent compression and sequential compression?

A:With intermittent compression, the leg or arm sleeve is a single chamber. The entire sleeve inflates and deflates intermittently. With sequential compression, the leg or arm sleeve has multiple chambers, usually 3 or 4, which inflate and deflate sequentially, distally to proximally. The choice of intermittent or sequential compression is up to the prescribing physician.

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What is the difference between lymphedema compression and vascular compression?

A:Lymphedema compression is characterized by a slow inflation/deflation cycle, designed to milk the lymphatic fluid out of the tissue of the arm or leg and into the circulatory system. Vascular compression, intended to prevent DVT, is characterized by a rapid, pulsatile inflation/deflation cycle which forces the blood up through the deep veins of the legs, supporting circulation to prevent the formation of a clot.

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What are some resources/links to clinical studies where I can learn more about compression therapy?

A: Here is a list Vascular PRN has compiled. By no means is it exhaustive, but these studies and websites are good informational resources.

Clinical Studies

“Mechanical Compression Versus Subcutaneous Heparin Therapy in Postoperative and Post-trauma Patients: A Systematic Review”, http://www.springerlink.com/content/nn43u7516xx12h68/fulltext.pdf

“Foot pumps without graduated compression stockings for prevention of deep-vein thrombosis: efficacy, safety and patient compliance”, http://www.springerlink.com/content/ewp162q473571551/

“Efficacy of Mechanical Prophylaxis for Venous Thromboembolism: Pneumatic Compression Devices”, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/491479_3

Resources

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Dvt/DVT_WhatIs.html

Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Outcomes Research
http://www.outcomes-umassmed.org/dvt/

ClotCare Online Resource
http://www.clotcare.com/clotcare/index.aspx

Thrombosis Clinic
http://www.thrombosisclinic.com/en/secnav/about_us.aspx

North American Thrombosis Forum
http://www.natfonline.org

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What are some of the contraindications that would prevent me from applying compression therapy?

A: Congestive heart failure and suspected pre-existing deep vein thrombosis are the main contraindications for compression therapy.