“We had a whole afternoon this week about compression hosiery,” Lauren tells Parveen, “but it was all about measuring and fitting, and what to look for on prescriptions. There wasn’t any explanation as to when to use what. When do you use class 1 instead of 2 or 3, for example, and who needs an open-toe and who needs a closed-toe stocking?”
Compression hosiery can appear bewildering, but as a general rule:
Compression hosiery is used in the management of conditions associated with chronic venous insufficiency. They increase venous blood flow by improving the action of the calf muscle pump through the exertion of graduated pressure.
Talk to a couple of patients to whom you dispense compression hosiery – what matters to them? By understanding this, you will gain some insight into what affects their adherence.