Pneumatic Compression Devices

One of the most common treatments for lymphedema involves the use of pneumatic compression devices as a way to relieve the swelling associated with the disease. Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when the lymphatic system fails to properly remove excess fluids from the body. Lymphedema commonly affects the legs, arms, and feet with excessive swelling making it difficult to manage day-to-day activities. Lymphedema, while it cannot be cured, can be controlled with the use of pneumatic compression devices.

Doctors will often prescribe the use of pneumatic compression pump to stimulate circulation in order to alleviate the fluid build-up in limbs. Pneumatic compression devices a comprised of a pump attached to a sleeve that can be fitted to the affected body part. Once the pneumatic compression device is activated it will assist the body in drain the surfeit of fluid away from that area. The pneumatic compression pump inflates and deflates the sleeve creating a squeezing action resulting in the fluids returning to the lymphatic system.

One of the benefits of using pneumatic compression devices is the ability to go about your daily life without being confined during treatment. Modern pneumatic compression devices are quiet and lightweight making it easy to take them with you wherever you go. The added bonus is that most pneumatic compression devices are covered by medical insurances once they are prescribed by a doctor.

Pneumatic compression devices are referred to as compression pumps and lymphedema pumps; whatever the name they all serve the same purpose which is to provide relief from detrimental swelling. Pneumatic compression devices have proven to be useful for other conditions such as deep vein thrombosis and circulatory problems. For more information on pneumatic compression devices, please contact us or visit our website.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment

If you, or a loved one, have recently been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, you are not alone. More than 8 million Americans are affected by peripheral artery disease, a condition that can greatly influence the comfort, mobility, and health of the patient. Spectrum offers a wide variety of best in class pumps for peripheral artery disease treatment.

Peripheral artery disease is basically the hardening of the arteries, a process also called atherosclerosis, in any peripheral artery outside the heart (issues in the heart are considered coronary artery disease). Cholesterol and fat in the blood can become stuck to the walls of the arteries, and over time harden into a substance called plaque. Like a clogged pipe, the artery begins to have trouble keep up normal blood flow, and sometimes a complete blockage can occur. Reduced blood flow to extremities like the legs and feet can be painful, and the compromised circulation can cause damage to the tissue.

The most commonly prescribed peripheral artery disease treatment is called graduated sequential compression therapy. Using pumps attached to bandages that are placed around the affected areas of the body, the peripheral artery disease treatment helps increase blood flow, in turn improving the health of the limb.

There are two types of pumps that are used for peripheral artery disease treatment, and Spectrum offers a full line of options in both styles.

The first type, compression systems, are a peripheral artery disease treatment that includes a pump and clothing-like garments with inflatable chambers. The garments are worn over the affected area, and the pump inflates and deflates the garment — almost like a blood pressure cuff — based on the pressure, speed, and methods specified by the user. Your doctor will provide you with a prescription detailing what settings to use, as well as how long to wear the garment and how many treatments to perform each day.

The second type, arterial pumps, are similar in appearance to a compression system, but the pump works a little differently. With this style of peripheral artery disease treatment, the garments receive rapid inflation and graduated, high-pressure compression repeatedly and often. This pattern helps push blood through the veins and capillaries into the affected areas, allowing the blood to help the area heal.

Spectrum provides patients with the pump that their doctor has decided would work best for them. We have a variety of sizes and styles, from basic to more advanced models. Most are covered by insurance plans, including Medicare. Discuss the best option for you with your doctor, or call our customer service line to learn more about the models and your best match.

Treating Non-Healing Wounds

Non-healing wounds are exactly what their name implies – wounds that, despite traditional treatments, refuse to scab over and heal.

In a healthy body, when a cut or sore occurs, a set of triggers go off that begin to address the injury. Blood flow is increased to the area, bringing with it white blood cells to fight infection, platelets to help clotting, phagocytes to kill of dangerous bacteria, and oxygen and other materials to begin the scar and new skin growth.

Patients who suffer from non-healing wounds commonly do not have a perfectly healthy body to handle this process. Patients who have infections, are undergoing cancer treatment, have circulatory issues, or are on certain drugs often develop non-healing wounds since their body is already compromised and cannot respond as it should. Older patients may also see this issue due to their age and side effects from limited mobility, like bed sores.

Non-healing wounds are not simply a nuisance; they can be quite dangerous if left untreated. The open areas are ripe areas for infections to begin, and so patients dealing with non-healing wounds need to seek treatment immediately.

The good news is that companies like Spectrum make gaining access to the tools for treating non-healing wounds easy. Spectrum can ship pumps for negative pressure wound therapy — also known as wound suction — right to a patient’s home.

With negative pressure wound therapy, the wound is bandaged with a special dressing, which is then attached to a negative-pressure pump. Once turned on, the pump applies light suction which creates a vacuum around the wound and pulls excess fluids from the area. This creates the optimum environment for the body to make an attempt at healing.

Spectrum’s pump of choice for non-healing wounds is the Kalypto Medical NPD 1000, a convenient, portable device that includes the actual pump, a battery-operated controller, and bandages of various shapes and sizes for the best fit. The device can be set to continually apply pressure based on your doctor’s recommendation, or can be switched to intermittent mode to alternate between applied pressure and normal atmospheric pressure. This device is easy enough to use on your own in the comfort of your own home.

Spectrum goes beyond providing your pump; we deliver it personally and help you set it up for your first use. Our technicians can answer any question you can and make sure you are comfortable with the device before they leave.

What’s more, most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the use of pumps for non-healing wound treatment, meaning you can begin therapy at little or no cost to you. For more information, reach out to one of our knowledgeable customer service associates today.