How Graymont Medical is working to reduce the occurrence of DVT through products and services
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when a blood clot develops in one of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs, and travels to the lungs or heart which may result in a pulmonary embolism. DVT is fairly common, and it affects nearly one million Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients are particularly vulnerable when they are recovering from surgery, even more so after prolonged periods of bed rest, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Luckily, there are opportunities to reduce the risk of developing DVT. The use of an at-home DVT device can help lower the risk of a blood clot forming following an outpatient procedure or other risk factors for developing the condition. March is national DVT Awareness Month and Graymont Medical is proud to provide patients with resources, services and products that can help prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Read on to learn more about who DVT impacts and the risks associated with this condition.
DVT Causes and Potential Indicators
Additionally, according to the Cleveland Clinic, there are several factors that may increase someone’s likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis including, a recent surgery resulting in decreased mobility and increased inflammation, medical conditions that limit mobility, inherited blood disorders (like Factor V Leiden), cancer treatments including chemotherapy and injury to deep veins. Other factors that may increase someone’s risk of developing this condition include long periods of travel, pregnancy, taking birth control pills, smoking, obesity, and older age.
Signs, Symptoms and Risks associated with DVT
While occurrences of deep vein thrombosis don’t present with any symptoms, there are a few indicators to look for according to the Mayo Clinic. These include swelling in the leg, as well as pain in the leg, red or discolored skin and an increase in skin temperature on the leg.
DVT may lead to a pulmonary embolism—this is where a blood clot in the leg travels to the lungs and causes a blockage in one or more of the lung’s arteries. Pulmonary embolisms may be fatal. Signs of a pulmonary embolism include sudden shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort, rapid pulse, a cough that produces blood and lightheadedness or fainting. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the signs or symptoms associated with this condition.
Reducing Patient Risk After Surgery
The Mayo Clinic says that one of the most important things to do to prevent blood clots post surgery is to get up and move around. Try not to cross your legs, which can hamper blood flow. And, if you’re traveling long distances, stand up and move around, or exercise your legs to keep your blood flowing.
There are also compression-based medical devices—such as Sequential Compression Device (SCD) wraps and Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) pumps that can assist in DVT prevention. Research has shown that pharmacologic therapy combined with compression therapy can reduce a patient’s risk of developing DVT by 75%.
The Graymont Medical outpatient DVT prevention program aims to keep up with the increase in outpatient orthopedic surgeries by providing portable SCD technology for patients to use at home. Portable SCD products allow the healthcare facility to reduce their administrative burden and, in turn, improve their workflow.
SCD pumps and wraps lower one’s risk of developing deep vein thrombosis by using a combination of graduated sequential compression and rapid impulse inflation. This process increases the venous velocity, which can prevent the formation of a blood clot.
Graymont Medical also provides IPC pumps for use in a hospital operating room, as well as in their pre- and post-operative bays. The team also maintains appropriate inventory levels based on the facility’s volume and provide all device maintenance.
Commitment to Patients
There’s not a one-size-fits-all DVT device. That’s why the DVT Program from Graymont Medical is vendor-neutral—meaning, the team can provide access to all DVT devices dependant on the facility preference. This allows patients to receive the best device for their specific needs.
At its core, Graymont Medical is committed to putting the patient first. This means offering products, services, and solutions that help get patients back to their daily lives as quickly as possible following a medical procedure. Hospitals, physicians and other health care providers interested in obtaining any of Graymont Medical’s DVT services or products can contact Graymont Medical at graymontmedical.com/services or (312) 291-9305.