A look at some of the latest compression offerings available on the market.
- By Cindy Horbrook
- Apr 01, 2013
HME providers looking to drive increased retail revenue often find a gem in compression products, because while they are generally not covered by Medicare, there are many patients that need them. Compression products cover a large patient population and don’t require a steep learning curve, making them among the easier retail items for providers to sell.
Doctors use compression to treat various conditions, including foot swelling, mild edema, varicose veins, thrombosis, varicosities of varying severities, and circulation problems from diabetes. Geriatric patients, those with diabetes, lymphedema and post-surgery patients often depend on compression therapy.
Providers need to have a basic understanding of how graduated compression works and how to recommend various types of hosiery to customers. Compression garments, such as socks, stockings and wraps, deliver support and increased circulation to affected limbs and other areas of the body. Compression is graded in millimeters of mercury and can range from 15-50 mmHg; the higher the compression, the tighter the garment. Here are some offerings available on the market:
Stays in Place
- The closed toe calf product is available with a grip-top in two color options, black and crispa for men and women.
- For patients with edema (swelling) around the knee area, the new grip-top feature can ensure that the Cotton Series socks stay in place all day.
- Constructed with 25 percent Supima Cotton for all-day comfort, breathability and durability. The product is suitable for those with sensitive skin and allergies, as only cotton touches the skin.
Fits Feet Correctly
Dynamic Cotton Sock for Men
- Designed to fit men’s feet correctly with a bigger foot portion, this new compression sock provides relief during activity and non-activity.
- Features cotton lining that is breathable and comfortable against the skin.
- Available in several styles for casual or dress attire, including an opaque knit with a special ribbed design, plus a choice of colors, including black, navy, khaki and brown. Compression options include 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40.
Compression with an eye toward designer fashion
Class 1 Medical Support Stocking
- Created to provide designer styling while still being an FDA-registered Class 1 Medical Support Stocking.
- Compression levels available range from 15-20 mmHg (mild support) to 20-30 mmHg (moderate support) and many in between.
- Available styles include: knee high (calf high), thigh high, pantyhose and leggings.
Cools and Comforts
- The ready wear Juzo Expert compression glove features a new CoolVent option that is designed with new technology that allows it to breathe, cooling hands as it comforts and manages swelling.
- Allows patients to go on with their daily routines — without being held back.
- Suitable for exercising, gardening, cleaning, winter gloves, warm climates and hot flashes.
assure by medi
- Consists of high-quality compression stockings designed to meet the needs of today’s insurance driven reimbursement system, and/or the needs of patients seeking a lower-cost alternative for treating their venous health.
- Features two lengths, a softer feel, improved durability and a larger foot area.
- Available in two colors: beige & black; five styles: calf, extra-wide calf, thigh w/silicone topband, panty and maternity panty; two leg lengths: standard and petite; and three compression classes: 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg.
This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of HME Business.
Cindy Horbrook is the associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Respiratory & Sleep Management magazines.