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Lectron II Chloride Free Electrolyte Conductivity Gel for ECG, TENS, Electosurgery, Etc.

by Barbara 27. January 2014 06:36

Question about sizes and qualities of Lectron II Conductivity Gel.

Question: "Please explain the sizes and qualities of Lectron II Conductive Gel. We use nerve stimulation equipment and need conductivity gel. Thanks. Rebecca."

Lectron II conductivity gel is made in the United States in compliance with ISO 9001/EN 46001. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard represents the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

Lectron II comes in these sizes:

Save money by buying quantities of 12 or 24 of the 8.4 ounce (250ML) size or in boxes of 4 of the gallons with pump.

Use Lectron II Gel conductive gel in 250 ml tubesin hospitals, radiology clinics, etc. Use this conductivity gel with ECG electrodes, EKG testing equipment, TENS nerve stimulation units, Relief Bands for motion sickness prevention device, etc. The Lectron II conductive gel is a chloride free electrolyte. This conductivity gel is non-allergenic, odorless, water soluble and non-staining. Its non-thinning formula resists breakdown from body heat and salts in perspiration and remains moist, thick and uniformly conductive throughout the most prolonged procedure or wearing period.

  • For: Electrocardiography, Electromyography, Electrosurgery, TENS, and EMS.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Water soluble: just wipe off with a tissue.
  • Odorless.
  • Non-staining.
  • One tube,  250ml or about 8.4 oz.
  • Manufactured in USA
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite. No expiration date: Date on container is lot date of manufacture.
  • External use only.
  • Note: This product is not returnable due to health and sanitary reasons.

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

ReliefBand Motion Sickness Device Helps Most People with Vertigo and Nausea

by Barbara 22. January 2014 10:44

Question regarding using the ReliefBand EL Motion Sickness Device for nausea from vertigo.

Q: "Recently, I began having attacks of vertigo. Some are mild, some are not. Along with that, I feel nausea, almost like mild morning sickness. Can the ReliefBand help?" Thanks. Fran

Answer: Nausea is nausea no matter what the cause. My employees and I have successfully used Reliefbands for nausea from flu, from migraines and also from vertigo. Recently, I've had to deal with those symptoms myself. According to internet sites, the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) usually last only a few seconds to a few minutes and are intermittent (i.e., come and go). Rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, swinging on a swing, etc. can also cause symptoms of lightheadedness and imbalance as well as nausea. Unfortunately, BPPV is more common as we grow older. ccording to the American Academy of Neurology, the most effective treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) caused by ear crystals in the posterior semicircular canal, are treatments where the patient moves head and body in certain positions. The idea is to move the calcium crystals into another inner ear canal where the body can absorb them. This OTC Relief Band is disposable and gives up to 120 hours of mild electrical stimulation to the inside of either wrist. First you apply a thin layer of conductive gel (included) and then turn the unit on until you can feel mild stimulation in the palm of your hand going up into your fingers. Increase intensity until you feel relief. Decrease and then turn it off for as long as 15-30 minutes once the nausea subsides. Batteries cannot be replaced. We cannot guarantee success for every user. Once shipped, the unit is not returnable except for mechanical defect due to hygienic and limited hours of usage. Compare to the side effects from most OTC or Rx medications. You don't have to worry about blurred vision (often with the patch) nor abstaining from a glass of wine (if you are old enough).

We also sell conductive gel in separate packages. The units work best with conductive gel. Remember the Reliefband if you get seasick or airsick, too.

Thank you for your question. Good luck. What was recommended for me was physical therapy,too.

Sincerely, Barbara

Abdominal Rupture Relief Truss Provides Support for Inguinal Reducible Hernias

by Barbara 16. October 2012 17:15

Question about types of abdominal trusses for support for inguinal reducible hernias.

Q; "Which inguinal trusses does Safe Home sell for hernia support? How do I know which one to purchase? I have a minor inguinal reducible hernia. My physician suggests I wait to have it repaired since pressure will hold the hernia inside my abdominal muscles. Thanks. Dave"

Answer: Please consult your physician about whether the Golden Crown or the Supporto would be best for your condition.

The Golden Crown: This form fitting hernia truss gives form fitting support for reducible inguinal hernias. This is not a full brief style. Available in right side, left side , or double 3-ply perforated form material with Tricot inner lining.  Preshrunk gray outer fabric with padded leg straps.  Provides gentle 3 way suspension.  Can be worn day or night.  Washable.  Measure hip circumference to determine size.  Made in USA. Sizes are Small:  30"-33" Medium:  34"-37" Medium/Large:  38"-41"Large:  42"-45"Extra Large"  46"-49"

Supporto Athletic Support Rupture Relief Truss; Designed to provide rupture relief, athletic support with the added comfort of Spandex brief. Athletic type abdominal support with 2 foam pads. Supports right, left, or double hernia. Lightweight, comfortable and cool material. Exclusively designed 3" band stretches over pads for extra compression. Measure hip circumference to determine size. Made in USA. Small: 30"-32" Medium: 34"-36"Medium/Large: 38"-40" Large: 42"-44 "Extra Large: 46"-48"Extra Extra Large" 50"-52"

Please go to www.SafeHomeProducts.com, enter truss in the side search bar and you will see the trusses we currently offer.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

A & D Ointment for Diaper Rash, Burns, Dry Skin, Psoriasis and Eczema

by Barbara 23. July 2012 08:25

Question about the A & D Ointment, 5 grams, Foil Pack, 144/Box

Question: "What are the uses for A & D ointment? I thought it was only for diaper rash. My doctor just recommended I use it on my dry skin. Thanks. Susan.

Answer: A & D ointment is a combination of petroleum jelly, lanolin and vitamins A and D.  When most people think of A and D ointmnet, they think of diaper rash. Actually, A & D ointment is soothing for dry skin, minor burns, sunburn, windburn, psoriasis and eczema as well. These single use packs are convenient as well as sanitary.  For adults, eating some spicy foods results in a stronger urine, causiing a diaper rash type of irritation. This irritation sometimes occurs around the anus as well. A and D soothes and helps protect the skin from further irritation.

New tattoos or piercings can cause skin irritations. After  washing those areas with a mild soap and rinsing with wate, apply a light film of A and D ointment. Repeat every few days, See your doctor if the area becomes red or itchy.

For dry lips, open a foil pack of A & D, and spread on your lips. Massage the rest into the backs of your hands or on your legs to keep them from being dry or flaky.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

 

AmCells and Befour, USA Made Medical Scales for Health Facilities, Gyms and More

by Barbara 2. July 2012 11:13

Question about American Made weighing scales for hospital use.

Q: "Which brands of weighing scales do you sell that are made in the USA? We prefer USA made scales. We need accurate medical scales for use in our chain of nursing homes. Thanks. Tom"

Answer:

We sell AmCells, Befour, HealthOMeter, Medline and Seca. Of these brands, only AmCells and Befour scales are made in the USA.

AmCells scales, made in California, are calibrated just prior to shipping to customers.

The AmCells Wheelchair, Bariatric or Shipping Scale With Wheels is one of the more popular scales for nursing homes and hospitals where patients are often wheelchair bound. This medical scale is also used for obese patients who need not only a large capacity weight scale but also a large easily accessed platform.

  • TARE function means you can subtract the wheelchair weight.
  • Folding: Moves easily on two urethane precision wheels.
  • Aluminum diamond polished deck is over-sized with ramped sides: wheelchairs are easily pushed onto the scale from either side.
  • Rail mounted LED weight display with printer interface is 39 inches high
  • Weights in lbs or kg, up to 800 lbs or 360 kg
  • Weighing accuracy: graduation of 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
  • Weight read-out display folds into the scale to prevent damage when transporting.
  • Functions include: pounds to kilograms conversion,ON/OFF, HOLD, ZERO, and PRINT buttons.
  • Power: AC adapter (included)
  • Print function allows printing to ticket printers, slip printers
  • Display Indicator:s elevated by a sturdy bar for easy access and convenience.
  • Materials: high quality aluminum alloy steel and stainless steel.
  • Physical Dimensions of Scale: Folded 3/4 inches High x 40 Inches Wide by 38 inches long.
  • Calibration: factory calibrated prior to shipment.
  • AmCells uses high quality.Made in USA load cells that maintain scale accuracy over time. 1 Year Warranty: The manufacturer warrants that this product is free from defects in material and workmanship. Repair or replacement will be issued for any product which is found defective under the terms of this warranty. Safe Home assists with warranty issues within 30 days of sale.

An example of a sturdy digital scale with a large platform is the AmCells Platform Electronic Scale weighs persons up to 750 lb and has a 20 inch x 16 inch base We recommend that grab bars be mounted on a solid wall so that persons can safely get on and off the scale. This weighing scale also comes in a remote read model and in models with smaller scale bases. The lower the weight capacity the higher the accuracy of the scale.

All the AmCells Medical Scales of this series share these features:

  • Sturdy all metal scale
  • Electronic weight scale
  • Post mounted digital weight read out.
  • Affordable for use as a medical scale, physician scale, fitness club scale or even a bathroom scale.
  • Rugged enough for use as a heavy duty sports scale for football, wrestling, sports gyms and more.
  • Stainless steel scale top design, easily removable for cleaning.
  • Remote indicator display. The one piece membrane keypad is mounted in a separate aluminum box.
  • The digital scale display connects to the platform via a 6' cable.
  • The weight display mounts on a 40" high post.
  • Large (1" height) red LED 6 digit display.
  • Push button zero with automatic zero tracking.
  • Full range, separate LED Tare indicator.
  • Self diagnostics at power up for circuitry and display segments
  • Auto off
  • Lb/Kg conversion
  • High Accuracy: 5000 Counts
  • Leveling Feet: Bubble levels built in with 4 adjustable feet.
  • Counting function and works for inventory as well.
  • Check weighing
  • RS-232 scoreboard function: can connect to a printer, remote read-out or a large score board. Use with a RS-232 to USB adapter if required. all computers have printer ports.
  • Power Supply: AC/DC Adapter (included). Optional power: rechargeable nickel cadmium batteries or 6 AA dry cells
  • Net Weight: 28 lbs.
  • Option: Scale carrying bag. Place for pole, clip board and scale.
  • Limited one year manufacturer's warranty on instruments.
  • Made in USA.
  • Dimensions:  Platform: 20"(L) x 16"(W) x 4"(H),Post: 40" high,Remote Indicator: 10.75"(L) x 4"(W) x 5" tilted in stand,  Indicator Cable: 6'  
  • Accuracy        PS1612-500: +/- 0.1 lb/0.05 Kg
  •                     PS2016-750: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg
  •                     PS2420-1000: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg
  •                     PS2424-1000: +/- 0.15 lb/0.1 Kg

Befour Scales are also manufactured in the USA. The Befour PS-6600 Take-A-Weigh Scale 500 Lb Capacity is a popular scale for nursing homes, hospitals, rehab center, etc. because it is easily moved from place to place and isa mere 1.5 inches off the floor.

Befour PS-6600 Specifications:

  • Capacity: 500 lbs. (225 kg.).
  • Accuracy: ±0.1 lb. (±0.1 kg.).
  • Platform Size: 18" x 16" x 1.5".
  • Scale Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Readout Display: ¾" LED.
  • Power Source: Rechargeable battery or 120V AC.
  • Turn-Off Condition: 4 minutes of no use.
  • Construction: Aluminum.
  • Portability: Easily carried.
  • Warranty: 3 year limited manufacturer's.
  • Made in the USA. 

Another popular option when you need portability and a high capacity accurate medical scale is the Befour PS-7700 Pro BMI Digital Flat Scale, 900 lb. which features twin weight scale modes: standard mode and "assistant mode." The standard mode lets the user input height: Body Mass Index is displayed along with the weight. For greater convenience an "assistant mode" allows a fitness trainer or health professional to enter a person's height before weighing; this eliminates any need to access the keypad while the client is standing on the scale.

PS-7700 Pro-BMI Portable Digital Bariatric Platform Scale by Befour Features:

  • Easy-to-use Pro-BMI Body Mass Index calculation.
  • Stability Sensing Technology (SST) will display an accurate weight after 7 seconds for unsteady users.
  • Push-button calibration with any sure weight over 100 lbs. No tools are needed!
  • Low-profile platform sits just 2" off the ground.
  • Pro-BMI Features: Normal Operation: Standard for health clubs and locker rooms, simply follow instruction on console.
  • Assistant Mode: Fitness trainer or health professional can enter a person's height before they step on the scale.
  • Clothing Deduction: Program a clothing weight deduction from 0.0-6.0 lbs. to accurately calculate BMI.
  • Readout Console Features: Simple 5-button operation.
  • BMI calculation.
  • Pound/kilogram readings.
  • Programmable Auto-off.
  • Last weight recall. I
  • Instability Auto-Averaging.
  • Battery life indicators.
  • Capacity: 900 lbs. (405 kg.)
  • Accuracy: ±0.1 lb. (±0.1 kg.).
  • Platform Size: 24" x 20" x 2"
  • Scale Weight: 21 lbs.
  • Readout Display: 1" LED.
  • Dual Power Source: 6 C-cell batteries or 120V AC.
  • Turn-Off Condition: 12 sec. to 25 min.
  • BMI Calculation: Yes.
  • Construction: All-Metal.
  • Portability: Carry.
  • Warranty: 3 year limited manufacturer's.
  • Made in the USA.

See our website SafeHomeProducts.com for additional scales. For example, the Amcells Scale selection includes scales that fit into "scale pits", scales with remote read and scales with read-outs on the scales themselves. Carrying cases are available for both Amcells and Befour Scales.

Thanks for your question. Contact us at sales@safehomeproducts.com or 877-358-0900 if you have more questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

IV Wall Hooks Let Patients Carry IV Drip Bags Without Bulky IV Stand

by Barbara 15. June 2012 10:19

Question about IV Wall Hooks.

Q: "I work in a county hospital where we are working to keep down equipment expenditures while making life easier for patients and staff. I see you sell IV wall hooks. Please provide more information. The current portable IV holders we use are heavy, bulky and expensive as well as obstacles for both patients and staff to deal with. Thanks. Sara."

Answer: The inexpensive  IV Hook from Wall Control mounts on the wall near beds, toilets, ect. By using these wall hooks, health care facilities are safer and have more room both for staff and patients to navigate. There is no need, in most situations, for bulky IV holders or IV stands

Use wall mounted hooks to hold IV drips in areas such as bed side, restrooms and Cancer Treatment Clinics.  An ambulatory patient can carry his or her IV drip bag from one IV wall hook to another without pushing or pulling a bulky, cumbersome IV stand. Fewer accidents occur because medical personnel no longer have to trip and stumble around IV stands that always seem in the way. Simplify your medical facility with the IV Hook.

IV Wall Hook Specifications:

  • Wall Mount: 3.5 inches tall by 2 inches wide.
  • Made of steel that is powder coated white.
  • IV Hook: Stainless steel. Swivels in wall mount. 9 inch reach.
  • Mounting Supplies: Wall mount mounts with 2 #12 screws each is 1.25 inches long. Sheet rock anchors included.
  • Made in USA.
  • Quantity: 1 assembly per package.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors with Irregular Heart Beat Indicator and JNC7 Bar Indicator for Blood Pressure

by Barbara 12. February 2012 13:21

Question about automatic blood pressure monitors that show an irregular heart beat has occurred.

Q: " Which blood pressure monitors give indications of an irregular heart beat? My mother was told she has this problem. I want to keep track of my blood pressure and know if or when I have it, too. Thanks. Lily."

Answer: The definition of an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia is a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeat intervals during a blood pressure measurement. According to WebMD, "arrhythmias may be caused by many different factors, including:

  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Electrolyte imbalances in your blood (such as sodium or potassium).
  • Changes in your heart muscle.
  • Injury from a heart attack.
  • Healing process after heart surgery.

Irregular heart rhythms can also occur in "normal, healthy" hearts." And there are no symptoms in those situations.

"A normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates don't necessarily occur together. Arrhythmias can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow (called bradyarrhythmias -- less than 50 beats per minute). Arrhythmias can also occur with rapid heart rates (called tachyarrhythmias -- faster than 100 beats per minute). In the United States, more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year.refrain from talking during measurements. arrhythmia can be silent and not cause any symptoms. A doctor can detect an irregular heartbeat during a physical exam by taking your pulse or through an electrocardiogram (ECG)." from WebMD.

The majority of newer automatic blood pressure monitors have an Irregular Heartbeat symbol appear in the digital display window in the event an Irregular Heartbeat has occurred during measurement. An irregular heartbeat is defined as a heartbeat that varies by 25% from the average of all heartbeat intervals during the blood pressure measurement.

The blood pressure monitors below also use an bar indicator advocated by the The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure for Adults. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - May 2003. This is a feature which provides a snapshot of your blood pressure classification based on your measurements. This will let you quickly know what your blood pressure readings mean. Each segment of the bar indicator corresponds normal, prehypertensive, hypertensive 1 or hypertensive 2.The Systolic reading is first and the diastolic reading is second.

  • Normal less than 120 and less than 80
  • Prehypertension 120-139 or 80-89
  • Stage 1 Hypertension 140-159 or 90-99
  • Stage 2 Hypertension 160 or 100

When taking your blood pressure or when your nurse or physician takes it, you should relax, remain still and refrain from talking. (My doctor's nurse always wants me to answer questions, maybe that is one reason why my bp is always higher in their office?, White collar bp syndrome!)

Keys to Successful Monitoring: Blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day. We recommend that you are consistent in your daily measurement routine:
• Measure at the same time every day.
• Sit in the same chair/position.
• Do not cross legs and keep your feet flat on the floor.
• Relax for 5 minutes before measurement.
• Use the correct cuff size to get an accurate reading.
• Sit still during measurement – no talking, eating or sudden
movements.
• Record your measurement in a logbook.

Here are some blood pressure monitors we currently sell that have the irregular heart beat symbol in the display:

The models change every year or so.

I hope I have answered your questions.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Ultrasorbs DryPads Help Reduce Risk of Pressure Sores for Incontinent Bed-Ridden Persons

by Barbara 29. May 2011 13:08

Question about the Ultrasorb Underpads.

Q: "How do I choose from the three types of Ultrasorb Underpads? How do Ultrasorbs differ from other incontinent underpads? Thanks. Sue"

Answer: Ultrasorbs underpads are cost-effective because they protect against leakage that leads to multiple linen and underpad changes. Ultrasorb underpads are found in 1 in 6 U.S. hospitals today.  The high-strength design reduces the need for multiple drawsheets for positioning. One Ultrasorbs does the job of up to 4 regular underpads. Ultrasorbs respects individuals  as the thermo-bonded SuperCore™ pulls moisture away quickly and locks it away from the skin so patients don't feel uncomfortable. The aiir-permeable, crinkle-free design is quiet, comfortable and discreet.  Odor control makes care more pleasant, visits with family and friends more dignified. Ultrasorbs are compatible with low-air-loss mattresses used to prevent pressure ulcers. Hospitals and nursing homes use this as a catheter alternative as indwelling catheter usage is curtailed over CAUTI concerns. Clinically shown to help maintain skin integrity as part of an overall pressure ulcer prevention program. 

There are three kinds of Ultrasorbs:

The original premium Ultrsorb AP or Air permeable pad. Indications: Open air continence management, ICU/CCU patients who should not be moved or disturbed, ER/OR for absorbing significant or ongoing fluid loss and any place where skin dryness is needed.

  •  Patented SuperCore® absorbent draws in moisture, locks it away from the skin and feels dry to the 
     touch in just minutes.
  •  Manufactured under U.S. patent number 6,675,702.
  •  Lies flat when wet thanks to SuperCore®  technology, without bunching,  swelling or disintegrating.
  •  AquaShield film provides leakage protection that means fewer linen changes—no double-  padding needed!
  •  Air permeable for added comfort,   dryness and no embarrassing plastic film crinkling.
  •  Effective for use with low-air-loss mattress therapy—protects the bedding and permits airflow.

ULTRASORBS UF (Ultra-Fresh)  Indications: Use Ultrasorbs UF for the same cases as Ultrasorbs AP, plus when odor control due to liquid incontinence is a concern.

  •  Antimicrobial Ultra-Fresh™ protection inhibits the growth of bacteria and yeasts that can cause odors
  •  Locks odor-causing moisture away in the SuperCore® layer
  •  Makes for a fresher room
  •  All the absorbency and dry comfort features of the original Ultrasorbs AP

Premium Drypad & Drawpad ULTRASORBS® ES (Extra-Strength) Indications: Use Ultrasorbs ES for the same cases as Ultrasorbs AP,plus when the practice of stacking extra layers of pads, linens and drawsheets is of concern.

  • Lets you move, lift and position up to 325-pound
  • Innovative LiftSupport backsheet technology resists tearing
  • Eliminates the need and expense of extra draw sheets and reusable underpads for most patients.
  • All the absorbency and dry comfort features of the original Ultrasorbs AP

 

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Which Do I Need? Low or High Density Trash Bag or Can Liners? High or Low Micron or High or Low ML.?

by Barbara 15. May 2011 05:35

Question about high density 45 gallon can liners and low density can liners.

Q; "I need to buy a quantity of can liners for my business. I don't know which ones to purchase. Primarily, these are to line cans for paper to be recycled. Please help. I am confused by the micron labeling on your website. The trash bag liners in the stores are labeled in mil. Thanks. Jack."

Answer: The difference between high density and low density is the kind of resin used in the manufacturing. It sounds strange but the low density resins are more puncture resistant and tear resistant than the high density resins. For your purposes, the high density bags are more appropriate since you are talking about papers rather than sharp objects. High denstity can liners are much less expensive because they are thinner and use a less expensive resin as well. We sell both kinds of trash bags in black and in clear. For your purposes, the clear are probably better.

Now we come to the micron issue. Our Medline brand liners have the thickness of the liners in microns rather than the mil. you are used to.  If you divide the micron by 25.4 , you get the mil thickness. So The second bags you noted above is given as a 2.0 mil thickness while the first one is 17 microns or very thin, i.e. .66 ml.

Low Density trash can liners range from .30 to 2.0 mils. With improved resin technologies, today's thinner trash can liners are much stronger than those from years ago.

High density trash can liners range from 6 microns to 28 microns.

These are some of your choices for the 45 gallon size in the high density clear can liners:

If you want to encourage your employees to sort their trash from their paper, I suggest you provide each employee with a recylcling waste basket and an area covered waste container for trash. Purchase clear high density can liners for the paper and the black for the trash. For example, I suggest you choose the High Density Clear Liners, 24 x 24, 8 mic, 10 gal,1000/CS for the paper recycling baskets and use the Low Density Black Can Liners, Heavy .65 mil 30x36,250/CS for the trash receptacles.

Safe Home sells clear and black, low and high density, liners for trash cans, waste baskets, linen carts, etc. Let us know how we can help you further.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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Wear Compression Stockings On Long Flights To Help Prevent DVT (Deep Vein Thrombis, i.e. Blood Clots) and Swollen Legs

by Barbara 9. May 2011 06:05

Question about Anti Embolism Stocking Knee High M Long, 1PRand Compression Stockings, Stirrup, Lycra, X LG

Q: "My ankles and legs swell on long airplane flights such as LA to Tokyo. I am concerned about deep vein thrombosis, too. I understand these blood clots can occur weeks after you fly and sometimes people die from them. I am afraid this could happen to me. Would these be the best compresion stockings to purchase to avoid those problems? Thanks. Bill"

Answer: Thank you for your very timely question as we are entering the summer travel season. Your physician is your best source of information. See excerpts from  New York Times article from 2007 that confirms your fear is real.

From that article,

"Life-threatening blood clots and flying have been linked for more than 50 years, but a new study of business travelers confirms the risk, particularly for those who take long flights or fly frequently.Immobility is considered a major factor behind the condition, called deep vein thrombosis. But while it is often referred to as “economy-class syndrome” because of the cramped seating there, D.V.T. also occurs among those who fly in business class and first class, the researchers found.

People who fly four hours or more, the study found, have three times the risk of developing clots compared with periods when they did not travel."often referred to as “economy-class syndrome” because of the cramped seating there, D.V.T. also occurs among those who fly in business class and first class, the researchers found. People who fly four hours or more, the study found, have three times the risk of developing clots compared with periods when they did not travel.   D.V.T. occurs when a blood clot forms within the large deep veins of the body, usually in the leg. If untreated, part of the clot may break off and travel to the lungs, where it can cause a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition.


Frits R. Rosendaal and Suzanne C. Cannegieter of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, the study’s lead researchers, tracked almost 9,000 employees of large international companies and organizations over a four- or five-year period, in what they call the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. The results were published this fall in the online journal PLoS Medicine; preliminary findings were reported in late June by the World Health Organization.

“We now know out of 4,500 people who fly, one will get a D.V.T. within eight weeks after travel,” Dr. Cannegieter said. “It’s not really a huge amount,” but, she said, the risk increases with the duration of a flight and the number of flights in a short period. Obesity, a person’s stature, oral contraceptive use, hormone replacement therapy and inherited blood clotting disorders also increase risk. A combination of these factors “may increase risk twenty- to fiftyfold,” Dr. Rosendaal said." End of excerpt from NY Times.

Safe Home recommends you consult your physician to learn whether thigh high or knee high compression stockings would be appropriate to reduce your leg swelling. The other options include walking around the plane several times frequently during the flight. Buying off the shelf anti embolism stockings is not the best choice because the compression may be too much for your needs or too little. Thigh high stockings are designed primarily for those who are bedridden or sitting for long periods of time. To get the proper fit, you need to have someone measure your leg length and your calf circumference.

Safe Home sells two brands of anti-embolism or compression stockings at this time. Medline and Graham Field offer knee length and/or thigh high. The knee length come in a stirrup style and in a full compression to the knee style.These come in flesh tones and in white.

Stirrup stockings by Graham Field are sized in Small 13” – 14”, Medium 15” - 16”, Large 17” - 18” and  Extra Large 19” - 20” according to calf circumference:

  • Form fitting compression stocking helps to control varicose veins and relieve tired aching legs
  • Ideal for people who spend a lot of time on their feet
  • One-way stretch Lycra material
  • Measure calf to determine stocking size
  • Made in USA

The Medline Anti-Embolism Stocking in knee length is an elastic stocking i white are made of 80% nylon/20% spandex. Sizing is as follows:

  • Small regular  Calf Circumference 10” - 13” (25.5 - 33cm) Leg Length 14” - 16” (36 - 40.5cm
  • Small long Calf Circumference 10” - 13” (25.5 - 33cm) Leg Length16” - 18” (40.5 - 46cm)
  • Medium regular Calf Circumference 12” - 15” (30.48 - 38.1cm) Leg Length15” - 17” (38 - 43cm)
  • Medium long Calf Circumference 12” - 15” (30.48 - 38.1cm)Leg Length 17” - 19” (43 - 48.5cm)
  • Large regular Calf Circumference 14” - 17” (35.5 - 43cm) Leg Length16” - 18” (41 - 45.5cm)
  • Large long Calf Circumference 14” - 17” (35.5 - 43cm) Leg Length18” - 20” (45.5 - 51cm)
  • X-large regular Calf Circumference 16” - 19” (40.5 - 48cm) Leg Length 16” - 18” (41 - 45.5cm)
  • X-large long Calf Circumference 16” - 19” (40.5 - 48cm) Leg Length  18” - 20” (45.5 - 51cm)

White is the only current choice for the thigh length Medline Anti-Embolism stockings. Designed by leading vascular specialists, Medline's EMS anti-embolism stockings provide a tailored, contoured fit with just the right amount of gradient pressure. Pressure is greatest at the ankle and gradually reduces throughout the length of the leg. Stockings are constructed of 85 percent nylon and 15 percent spandexare sized this way:

  • Small short Calf circum.     10” - 13” (25.5 - 33cm)    Leg length 26"- 29" (66 - 74cm)
  • Small regular Calf circum.  10” - 13” (25.5 - 33cm) Leg length 29" - 31" (79 - 86cm)
  • Small long Calf circum.      10” - 13” (25.5 - 33cm)     Leg length 31" - 34" (79 - 86cm)
  • Medium short Calf circum.  12” - 15” (30.48 - 38.1cm) Leg length 26"- 29" (66 - 74cm)
  • Medium regular Calf circum12” - 15” (30.48 - 38.1cm) Leg length 29" - 31" ( 74 - 79cm)
  • Medium long Calf circum.   12” - 15” (30.48 - 38.1cm) Leg length 31" - 34" ( 79 - 86cm)
  • Large short Calf circum.     14"- 17 " (35.5 - 43cm) Leg length 26"- 29" (66 - 74cm)
  • Large regular Calf circum.  14"- 17 " (35.5 - 43cm) Leg length 29" - 31" (79 - 86cm)
  • Large long Calf circum.      14"- 17 " (35.5 - 43cm) Leg length 31" - 34" (79 - 86cm)
  • X-large regular Calf circum.16" -19" ( 40.5 - 48cm) Leg length2 6" - 29" (66 - 74cm)
  • X-large long Calf circum.    16" -19" ( 40.5 - 48cm) Leg length 29" - 31" ( 74 - 79cm)

The White thigh length stockings are primarily for those who are bedridden or do little walking. and are 16 to 18 compression. We will be selling higher compression stockings in the future in the 20 to 30 compression range for those who walk more as these reduce blood pooling in the legs.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara