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TED Hose

T.E.D. Hose, manufactured previously by Covidien and now by Medtronic, are specifically designed to prevent the formation of deep vein thrombosis, commonly referred to as DVT, and pulmonary embolisms through the application of graduated compression. The graduated compression of T.E.D. Compression Socks, additionally, promote increased blood flow velocity of the deep venous system, which is ideal for post-operative patients or individuals prone to receiving blood clots. People that need lymphatic drainage can also benefit from the effects of these stockings, too. Featuring a graduated pressure pattern of 18 mmHg (millimeters of mercury, a manometric unit of pressure) at the ankle, 14 mmHg at the calf, 8 mmHg at the popliteal (area behind the knee), 10 mmHg at the lower thigh, and 8 mmHg at the upper thigh, T.E.D. Anti-embolism Stockings are a first-rate hose that the medical field has come to love and trust, as they are clinically validated in physician reviewed, published studies on over 20,000 patients. Other benefits of using T.E.D. Hosiery have been found in other numerous studies, a few of which are cited below.

Contingent upon individual needs, T.E.D. Hose are available in both knee-high and thigh-high lengths, as well as open-toe or closed-toe designs. Made with patient comfort in mind, T.E.D. Compression Socks are made of spandex and nylon materials, ensuring a comfortable wear and experience. T.E.D. Hosiery are also available in an inconspicuous design, mirroring dress socks, allowing people to receive the benefits of graduated compression fashionably. Available in several colors, including black, beige, and white. Do forget, we also sell ted hose for nurses. To determine the best T.E.D. Stockings for you, make sure to use the measuring instructions below.

T.E.D. Anti-embolism Stockings Features & Benefits

  • Graduated compression
  • Clinically validated to reduce the risk of thromboembolic disease
  • Helps to treat DVT and pulmonary embolisms
  • Graduated compression pattern
  • Various colors and lengths
  • Open-toe or closed-toe design
  • Promotes increased blood flow
  • Great for lymphatic draining
  • Universal design that fits either leg
  • Trusted brand in the medical field

Additional Information about TED Stockings and DVT

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T.E.D Stocking Videos

Explaining the Difference between TED Hose and Compression Stockings for Nurses Video (4:56 minutes)

Video Transcription

This is Sarah with RegisteredNurseRN.com and today I want to talk to you about the two main types of compression stocking that you will encounter as a nurse. There are two types of compression stockings. Before I started nursing, I would always hear nurses wearing what they said “TED Hose”. Whenever I want to go buy my pair of compression stockings, I figured out that there’s a difference between TED Hose and compression stockings. First, I want to talk to you about TED Hose. TED Hose – TED stands for thromboembolic-deterrent, which means that they prevent blood clots. As a nurse or a nursing student, you’ve probably seeing this on patients. Physicians usually order this after a patient's had surgery because patients who had surgery are normally in the bed for a while and they’re not up walking. When you're not walking, blood is pouring in your leg which puts the person at risk for a blood clot. What TED Hose do are prevent blood clots. They’re made for people who don’t walk. They’re only good for about three weeks and then they lose their compression. You can get them in thigh-high, knee-high and they generally come in a white color. Some are open-toed and some are close toed. Also you would want to use a TED Hose as if a patient has a lot of fluid in their leg like with congestive heart failure. For a nurse who’s on their feet walking, TED Hose is not something you want to wear on-the-job. Instead what you want to wear are what are called “compression stockings”. Compression stockings have different compression ratings. First rating you get is 15-20. It goes to 20-30 and then 30-40. Anything higher than that, it’s really tight and probably uncomfortable and you have to get a prescription by a doctor for that but you can get these over-the-counter. Normally, the recommendation for a nurse is just 15-20 compression rating. It’s sufficient enough. How does a compression stocking work compared to the TED Hose which just prevents blood clots? Compression stockings are made for people who are up walking. When you're up walking, your calves are squeezing the blood. But when you're on your feet for long periods of time and if you have venous insufficiency, you're at risk for varicose veins or lymphedema, fluid likes to pull down to the ankles. Whenever that happens, that causes the vessels to burst and break which can cause spider veins and varicose veins. With the compression stocking, you have the compression at the ankle. These are 15-20 so the compression will be here. Whenever you walk, that little bit of compression will help guide the blood up so the blood won't pool and bust your veins. As a nurse, compression stockings are definitely the way to go. Before I started nursing, I actually worked at fast-food. I was on my feet for a long periods of time. I would notice that my legs would hurt really bad after my shifts and I started to develop spider veins on my left leg. Whenever I became a nursing student, I heard other students talking about my compression stockings. So I invested in a pair and I have worn them ever since – my whole nursing student career and while I've been a nurse and I have noticed a huge difference. My legs don’t hurt anymore and I don’t have any varicose veins or spider veins. I have a huge family history of varicose veins so I haven’t developed any. Compression stockings are great for that. One time, I didn’t wear my compression stockings because I had worked four-days-in-a-row and my compression stockings were dirty so I didn’t wear them. I came home and my legs were absolutely hurting me and I couldn’t even sleep at night because they were so bad. I've never repeated that before. I actually got an extra pair so that would never happen to me again. If you're a nurse and you do get the tired legs, you have a huge family history of varicose veins, I would definitely invest in a pair of compression stockings. You can get them at your local nursing supply store or you can get them online. If you do choose to buy them online, make sure you measure your calf and your thigh. Like I said, you can get these in thigh-high or knee-high, different colors – black or white, whatever you want to get. But that’s a little bit of a difference between the TED Hose and compression stockings. Just to recap, TED Hose is something you’d probably don’t want to get as a nurse because it's more for the non-ambulatory patients. They only last for three weeks. Compression stockings are for people who are up walking, moving like nurses and it lasts for about six months. After six months, you want to get a new pair because they're not have as much compression as before whenever they were new. There you go and thank you so much for watching. If you have any questions, please come to our website – RegisteredNurseRN.com and use the form to ask any questions. Thank you so much for watching.

Applying the TED Knee High Stocking Video 4:33 minutes)

T.E.D. Stockings Compression Pattern and Sizing


Stocking Compression Pressure Pattern
Knee Length Compression  Stocking Measurement Pattern     Leg Length Compression Anti-Embolism Stocking Measurement Pattern
Knee Length Sizes and Dimensions
Thigh Length Sizes and Dimensions
Thigh Length with Belt Sock Sizes


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