Leading the way in VTE prevention
VTE is a disease that includes both Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
IPC pumps help to mitigate two of the risk factors associated with VTE development: venous stasis and hyper coagulability.
The inflation-deflation cycle of IPC therapy simulates the thigh, calf and foot's normal ambulatory pump action by increasing both the volume and rate of blood flow, eliminating venous stasis and replicating the effects of the natural muscle pump1.
This benefits non-ambulatory patients by:
- Decreasing venous hypertension
- Flushing valve pockets where thrombi are thought to have originated, and
- Decreasing interstitial edema2
IPC also delivers the dual hematological benefits of suppressing pro-coagulant activation and enhancing global fibrinolysis3.
This mechanical method of VTE prevention presents no risk of bleeding and can be used to complement pharmacological methods to increase effectiveness in high risk patients.
The well established and globally recognized Flowtron® brand has been steadily evolving over the past 30 years, providing effective VTE prevention products and solutions.
A number of independent, international clinical studies have compared ArjoHuntleigh's Flowtron VTE prophylaxis systems with other VTE prevention methods. Results show that Flowtron IPC therapy provides a cost effective VTE prevention method, while avoiding side effects, such as bleeding.
Clinical studies of ArjoHuntleigh's Flowtron IPC systems for VTE prevention have consistently resulted in low incidences of DVT in high risk groups4.
For further information, visit the Clinical Evidence section.
- Morris RJ, Woodcock JP (2004). Evidenced based compression: prevention of stasis and deep vein thrombosis. Annals of Surgery; 239(2): 162-171.
- Kumar S, Walker M. The effects of intermittent pneumatic compression on the arterial and venous system of the lower limb: a review. Journal of Tissue Viability. 2002; 12(2): 58-65.
- Morris RJ, Giddings JC, Ralis HM, Jennings GM, Davies DA et al (2006). The influence of inflation rate on the hematologic and hemodynamic effects of intermittent pneumatic compression for deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis. Journal of Vascular Surgery; 44(5): 1039-1045.
- DVT rates collated from published results relating to Flowtron studies, including blood flow, fibrinolytic and compliance studies: 1992-2007.