When you undergo major surgery that limits mobility, like total hip replacement, or have comorbid conditions, like diabetes, you are at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—the formation of potentially fatal blood clots in the legs. Sequential compression devices (SCDs) have been used in hospitals for over 45 years to combat DVT, but have never been utilized for patients recovering outside the hospital—until now.
A sequential compression device uses inflatable compression sleeves to reduce the risk of clot formation in the legs. The sleeves are placed over the legs and implement inflation/deflation cycles to improve circulation.
DVTCare™ is an industry-first portable sequential compression device that allows you as a post-operative patient under the care of Great Lakes Caring Home Health to recover safely in your own home by reducing the risk of developing DVT and other types of clotting. Developed by a University of Michigan physician in collaboration with a west Michigan engineering firm, DVTCare™ weighs less than one pound and is small enough to be carried by the patient without interfering with every day tasks. The DVTCare™ unit’s battery lasts up to 17 hours on one-leg operation, or eight hours on both. It also recharges in as little as two and a half hours, and can be operated while the unit is recharging to ensure that it can always be used when needed.
We evaluate you for the appropriateness of the DVTCare™ portable sequential compression device. If prescribed by a doctor, DVTCare™ may be an insurance-covered expense available at little or no out-of-pocket cost to you.
We invite you to contact us and schedule an in-home evaluation to assess your needs and determine whether the DVTCare™ portable sequential compression device is appropriate for you or a loved one.
People with the following conditions are at a higher risk of developing DVT without proper interaction: