7 clinical applications for the use of intermittent pneumatic foot compression

Walk through a hospital and some of the common medical devices you will see in use are mechanical thromboprophylaxis devices, namely intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) therapy, positioned on the lower limbs of medical and surgical patients.


The application of IPC has two physiological effects that help reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in those patients at risk:

  • Augmenting venous blood flow velocity to reduce venous stasis
  • Enhancing fibrinolytic activity to reduce the risk for clot formation

Most hospitalized patients have at least one or more risk factors for DVT, which is highly preventable through the use of clinically effective thromboprophylaxis methods. Research has shown that the use of mechanical compression may reduce the risk of DVT by 50-60%.1

Common modalities of compression include the use of calf-length garments, thigh-length garments or foot garments. Foot compression may be an alternative to calf- or thigh-length compression especially during surgical procedures on the lower limbs when the use of calf or thigh compression may not be an option.2

Are you aware that intermittent pneumatic foot compression has several clinical applications for use?

The clinical applications for foot compression include:3

  1. Preventing DVT
  2. Enhancing venous and arterial circulation
  3. Preventing venous stasis
  4. Assisting in the healing of cutaneous ulcers, including venous ulcers
  5. Reducing acute and chronic edema
  6. Reducing lower limb pain due to trauma or surgery
  7. Reducing compartment pressures

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  1. Weinberger J, Cipolle M. Mechanical Prophylaxis for Post-Traumatic VTE: Stockings and Pumps. Current Trauma Reports. 2016; 2: 35-41.
  2. Morris RJ, Woodcock JP. Evidence-Based Compression: Prevention of Stasis and Deep Vein Thrombosis. Annals of Surgery. 2004; 239(2): 162-171.
  3. Arjo data on file