From seniors to diabetic customers to those undergoing cancer treatment or wound care, compression products are essential. Compression can also be used by patients with various venous disorders, such as varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and varicosities. However, despite the many uses and clear need for compression, few insurance providers fund compression items, and Medicare funding for compression is extremely limited. Because of the coverage gap, compression presents an important cash category for HME providers and pharmacies.
According to the research and consulting firm GlobalData, the compression market is expected to grow to $3.4 billion in 2019, up from $2.4 billion in 2014. GlobalData also finds that U.S. compression market will grow from $1 billion in 2012 to $1.6 billion in 2019. HME is positioned to be a key part of this market growth. Many of the people who already frequent HME stores and pharmacies for other HME equipment, such as diabetic customers and seniors, are a ready-made group of compression customers that providers can tap into. And since compression transactions will be conducted mostly on a retail basis, providers and pharmacies have the opportunity to increase their revenue.
By offering compression products, providers and pharmacies are able to provide higher-quality, custom-fit and style-forward products that better suit individual customers, but to take full advantage of this opportunity, providers should be strategic about their merchandise. Here is a look at some recent compression items on the market:
Three new performance sleeves for spring
SIGVARIS Performance Sleeves are now available in the U.S. market in three dynamic new shades: steel blue, blood orange and limeade. Used by physicians, fitness experts, athletic trainers and active adults worldwide, the sleeves are designed to help improve circulation and reduce vibrations on muscles during a workout, and flush out lactic acid after a workout. The sleeves are measured at the ankle and calf for an accurate fit and provide 20-30mmHg of medical-grade graduated compression. The sleeves also come in white, blue, lime, pink, purple, red, steel blue, blood orange,
limeade and black.
Inelastic Compression Wraps
Compression measurement system for inelastic wraps
Sigvaris now offers three inelastic compression wraps that include a one-of-a-kind initial pressure measurement system that not only allows clinicians to prescribe a compression level for their patients, but also, allow patients to easily set the correct initial compression level as 20–30mmHg, 30–40mmHg or 40–50mmHg when they put the garment on. Color pressure ranges are clearly marked for ease of use and the tab can also be trimmed, so that patients can set the pressure in place by feel rather than sight, making it easy to use for patients who have a limited range of motion.
Arion North America Inc
Device helps kids, parents maintain compression compliance
Donning and doffing compression stockings can pose a tricky problem with which both parents and children must contend on a daily basis. That difficulty often has a direct effect on therapy compliance. The Magnide Kids aims to alleviate the problems experienced when donning closed toe compression stockings for children. Made from very smooth material that has been treated with a special coating ,the Magnide Kids significantly reduces friction to minimize the physical strain putting on compression stockings for both parents and kids alike.
Microfiber line makes it easy for men to focus on health
For men who wear graduated compression daily,
MIDTOWN MICROFIBER is the perfect combination
of comfort, therapeutic relief and durability. It
is constructed from an extremely fine, breathable
nylon that makes it comfortable all day,
every day. The variety of styles and options provides
men with the ability to wear the compression level
they need to help manage varicose veins, leg pain
and leg swelling, and also, keeps them looking
great. The complete MIDTOWN MICROFIBER
line is available in 15–20mmHg, 20–30mmHg and
30–40mmHg. The line comes in socks, socks with
a grip-top (for men with large calf muscles or slim legs), and thigh-highs
(featuring a top band that appears like socks when worn with pants).
Stockings Prevent DVTs Post-Surgery
- Anti-embolism stockings to help prevent a
deep vein thrombosis (DVT or blood clot)
during bed rest and provide the benefits of
graduated compression when transitioning
from recovery to early rehabilitation.
- Available in both calf-length and thigh-high
styles with an open toe design that
allows for easy inspection of the feet, while
an anatomical foot design makes it easy to
wear these stockings with shoes when transitioning
from the bed to physical therapy.
- The latex-free stockings feature
18–23mmHg of graduated compression and
a comfortable top band that stays in place.
Mediven for Women Vitality
Stylish Compression for Women
- Mediven for Women Vitality provides
a casual compression with a stylish yet
subtle herringbone pattern, but is still
to provide comfortable,
- Vitality is designed with revolutionary
mediGrip technology, a light, knitted silicone
band that provides added security
without compromising comfort.
- The ClimaFresh system, which inhibits
odor-causing bacterial growth, helps
patients keep feeling fresh all day.
Juzo Offers Compression Garments with Style
Juzo’s Signature Collection includes
print leggings that give customers
the benefits of compression while
letting them make a fashion statement.
Styles include compression
knee highs, thigh highs, leggings,
pantyhose, arm sleeves and gauntlets.
Tie dye and black tie dye are available in
the Soft & Dynamic lines.
SAI Therapeutic Brands
New Stockings Have Therapeutic Graduated Compression
TRUFORM has released a
15-20 mmHg graduated
compression stocking as
part of its popular medical
wear segment. The stockings
feature a soft top and
knitted-in, defined heel
for comfort, durability and
proper fit. The open toe-style
lets you wear open-toe
footwear while permitting
easy inspection of the feet
by the caregiver. The closed-toe
style has a more natural
stocking feel. The stockings
are suitable for both
men and women and color
options are basic neutrals for
Shades Line of Compression Socks Gets New Colors
Sigvaris has launched two new additions
to its Microfiber Shades line:
navy heather and graphite heather
socks, to broaden its lineup of
fashionable compression stockings.
The SHADES line is aimed
at customers who need to wear
every day but want more
fun, playful socks to add a
pop of color to their wardrobe.
In addition to the
new colors, the Microfiber
Shades Line is available in pink stripe, onyx stripe, graphite stripe, dark navy
stripe in the 15-20mmHg compression level. The pink stripe, onyx stripe and
dark navy stripe are also available in the 20-30mmHg compression level.
Microfiber Shades Line
SIGVARIS Expands Popular Microfiber Shades Line
SIGVARIS has launched several new additions to its graduated compression
product Microfiber Shades line, which providers everyday compression
that’s also attractive and fun, which is ideal for new users of compression.
The line will be available in four striped patterns including dark navy, pink,
onyx and graphite* in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg (*15-20mmHg only).
For clients who need to wear graduated compression every day, but want
more fun, playful socks to add a pop of color to their wardrobe, these socks