SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System Sleeves
|HOW DID THE SCD EXPRESS™ COMPRESSION SYSTEM COME TO BE?||Kendall’s Vascular Therapy Research & Development group is constantly looking for ways to improve the existing systems such that to continue to raise the standard of care for patients. Kendall Vascular Therapy consulted with an outside firm to conduct Voice of the Customer (VOC) interviews and Focus Group sessions to identify the true needs of the clinical community. Physicians and nurses from areas throughout the United States participated in group-sessions to candidly discuss their concerns and needs. Various concepts and design possibilities were presented to our Focus Groups after lengthy discussions of what each clinician liked and disliked about mechanical compression. The result of our VOC efforts is the SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System.|
|WHAT TYPE OF COMPRESSION IS APPLIED TO THE PATIENT’S LEG WITH THE SCD EXPRESS™ SLEEVE?||The SCD EXPRESS™ Compression system applies sequential, gradient, circumferential compression to the patient’s leg. According to multiple published studies, this compression milks the blood from the limb and delivers near-complete emptying of the veins. The compression is delivered by having 45mmHg pressure applied to the ankle area, 40mmHg applied to the calf and 30mmHg pressure applied to the thigh portion of the leg. This compression design moves blood from the leg in a similar fashion to the natural “pumps” of the leg.|
|WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ SLEEVE?||The SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeve is truly an "All-In-One" device. With the unique TEAR-AWAY™ design, a quick turn of the proprietary connector and a fail-safe tear of the thigh portion of the sleeve can convert the sleeve from a thigh length sleeve to a knee length sleeve in just seconds. The SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeves deliver the clinically-proven proximal DVT protection during the highest risk periods. The sleeves improve compliance and comfort during the lower-risk periods. And the SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeves provide cost savings by reducing the frequency of sleeve changes due to product soiling.|
|WHY WOULD THE THIGH PORTION OF THE SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ SLEEVE NEED TO BE REMOVED?||The SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeve offers the option of tearing away the thigh portion to accommodate certain situations where removal of the thigh portion is required. These would include, but are not limited to, patient incontinence, soiling of the sleeve or patient compliance. It is recommended that all alterations to the prescribed modality for prophylaxis be confirmed by the attending physician.|
|HOW DOES THE SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ SLEEVE WORK?||The SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeve incorporates a specially designed perforation in the sleeve material and a proprietary quick-disconnect connector. The perforations allow a clean, linear tear of the sleeve material to ensure the removal of the thigh portion and to maintain the integrity of the remaining sleeve bladders. Inside the connector is a valve specifically designed to allow air flow through the connector so the SCD EXPRESS™ controller will not alarm.|
|WHAT IS THE KENDALL SCD EXPRESS™ SLEEVE MADE FROM?||The SCD EXPRESS™ sleeve is made of a soft, lightweight, non-woven material. The soft inner & outer liners promote patient comfort and compliance.|
|HOW DO I APPLY THE SCD EXPRESS™ SLEEVE?||Application of the SCD EXPRESS™ Sleeve is simple. The sleeve has preprinted instructions on the inner liner. Lift the patient's leg and place the sleeve under the patient's leg according to the preprinted instructions. Be sure to align the open area of the SCD™ sleeve behind the knee to allow for unrestricted flow of blood through the popliteal area of the leg. Lower the patient's leg onto the sleeve. Begin wrapping the SCD™ sleeve around the patient's leg by bringing the side of the sleeve with the "loop" material up toward the top of the leg. Start at the ankle and work your way toward the thigh portion of the leg. Second, bring the "hook" section of the sleeve around to connect with the side already in position. Be sure to use the hook & loop connections and anatomical design of the sleeve to adjust any areas of the sleeve to ensure proper fit. Each pair of sleeves comes with the Instructions For Use (IFU). Please refer to the information provided there for more clarification.|
|DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING "SPECIAL" TO APPLY THE SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ SLEEVE?||No. The SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeve is applied in the same fashion as the standard SCD EXPRESS™ sleeves.|
|HOW DO I REMOVE THE THIGH PORTION OF THE SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ SLEEVE?||Removal of the thigh portion of the SCD EXPRESS™ - KAMBIA™ sleeve is a simple process. Simply locate the blue thigh bladder tubing on the sleeve that is connected to the quick-disconnect connector. Grab the tubing at the junction of the tubing and the connector, turn the tubing to disengage the "wings" on the tubing end from the quick-disconnect connector. Pull the tubing out from the connector. Slide the blue tubing out of the tubing guide channel. Next, disengage the hook & loop of the thigh portion of the sleeve and locate the tabs on the sleeve material located near the connection from the calf chamber to the thigh chamber of the sleeve. Using both hands, simply tear the sleeve material along the perforation provided on each side of the opening in the sleeve between the thigh and calf area. Discard the thigh portion. The valve located in the quick-disconnect connector will assure proper inflation of the remaining ankle & calf bladders.|
|DO THE SCD EXPRESS™ COMPRESSION SLEEVES WORK WITH OLDER SCD™ COMPRESSION SYSTEM CONTROLLERS?||This question requires two different replies: YES – The SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System disposable sleeves will work with older SCD™ Compression System controllers provided the appropriate “backward compatible” tubing set is used. Model # 7325 SCD RESPONSE™ Compression System & 6325 SCD SEQUEL™ Compression System controllers will need item code #9918 to accommodate the SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System sleeves. Model # 5325 SCD™ Compression System will need item code #9508 to accommodate the SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System sleeves. NO – The SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System disposable Foot Cuffs will NOT work with older SCD™ Compression System controllers.|
|DOES THE SCD EXPRESS™ COMPRESSION SYSTEM HAVE COMFORT COOLING?||The SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System does not offer Comfort Cooling. The reduced size of the SCD EXPRESS™ controller did not allow for the option of Comfort Cooling. Instead, the SCD EXPRESS™ Compression System provides Passive Cooling in each pair of SCD EXPRESS™ sleeves. Air passage holes have been designed into the sleeve to allow for passive movement of air between the patient's leg and the SCD EXPRESS™ sleeve. This circulation of air helps cool the patient providing additional comfort.|
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