We can tell you over and over again, how effective our products are, but we’d hope that you’d demand some scientific evidence to back up our claims. After all, that’s really the only definitive way to tell whether or not something works. Well, we’d be more than happy to provide you with such evidence. According to a 2010 study conducted at the University of Edinburgh, treating patients with thigh-high medical stockings (as opposed to knee-highs) can significantly reduce the possibility of fatal blood clots.
Although knee-highs do a more than adequate job in preventing feet and leg swelling, and they’re fairly effective in reducing the chance of blood clots, the study found that when it comes to more precisely preventing issues like deep vein thrombosis, thigh-highs are truly where it’s at.
For those not already aware, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a life threatening blod clot that can quickly make its way to the respiratory system and the heart.
Blood clotting is a significant risk in patients undergoing surgery, and what the studies of U of E researchers seems to suggest, is that the widespread use of knee-high medical stockings, might not be cutting it.
Due to their cost-effectiveness and their ease-of-donning, many clinicians opt for a shorter pair of medical socks for their patients, than their thigh-high counterparts. About 3/4 of stockings used by the NHS are of this variety. In the study, patients who were asked to wear knee-high stockings, were 30% more prone to develop DVT, than patients fitted with stockings that extend to the thigh. As it happens, some of the more serious blood clots tend to happen around the thigh.
It’s important to note that this study does not imply that thigh-highs will reduce the risk of DVT in stroke patients (which researchers originally thought might be the case), but it does show that their usage, compared to knee-highs, is better during and post-surgery.
U of E Professor of Stroke Medicine, Martin Dennis, says, “Although we have shown in previous work that thigh-length stockings are not very effective in reducing the risk of DVT after a stroke, we believe that the results of this trial may have important implications for the millions of patients undergoing surgery each year.”
In short, current research tells us that while knee-highs are effective in preventing blood clots in a surgical context, if you’re willing to spend a tad more money, thigh-highs actually do the job a bit better.
Choosing The Right Medical Stockings For You
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