LYMPHASSIST FAQ PAGE

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NUMBER OF CHAMBERS?
Hydroven garments offer three combinations of chambers:
Single chamber
Three chamber
Twelve chamber

The greater number of chambers usually relates to the greater control you have if the application requires segmental or sequential pressure.

Traditionally, oedema management uses a single chamber to deliver a constant pressure, whilst most other applications require segmental / sequential pressure profile – this can only be achieved from multi chamber products.

   
IF THE PATIENT HAS A LOW ABI, CAN YOU APPLY COMPRESSION THERAPY?
With regards to the management of VLUs, WUWHS recommend a cut off of 0.8. These patients (<0.8) should be assessed by a vascular specialist prior to the application of any kind of compression products.

Always refer to local clinical protocol.

   
HOW MANY GARMENTS ARE SUPPLIED WITH THE SYSTEM?
Garments are not supplied as ‘standard’ with any of the pumps. Garments are patient specific; they should be specified at the time of purchase, garments are priced individually.
   
CAN YOU PURCHASE ADDITIONAL GARMENTS?
Yes, you can purchase as many garments as you like and at any time.
   
CAN HYDROVEN BE SELF-ADMINISTERED?
Yes, provided it’s been prescribed by a healthcare professional.
   
DOES LYMPHASSIST ALTERNATE THE PRESSURE IN BOTH GARMENTS?
No - pressure is controlled by the pump.
   
DOES THE LYMPHASSIST INSERT PROVIDE GRADUATED PRESSURE?
Yes, all LYMPHASSIST inserts support 12 chambers so will continue the segmented pressure profile.
   
CAN LYMPHASSIST BE USED AT HOME?
Yes, it is ideally suited for use in this environment.
   
WHAT IS THE WARRANTY PERIOD ON THE SYSTEM?
Two years on the pump, one year on the garments.
   
CAN LYMPHASSIST BE USED AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE?
Yes, it is ideally suited for use in this environment.
   
HOW LONG IS A PARTICULAR TREATMENT SESSION?
For Lymphoedema, it can be anything from 20 minutes upwards. It depends on the underlying clinical indications.
The same applies to wound care.

Physiotherapists / clinicians are best positioned to advise recommend appropriate treatment plan.

   
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED PRESSURE SETTING FOR MANAGING LYMPHOEDEMA?
The Lymphoedema Framework best practice recommends the following settings:
Treatment pressure of between 30 – 60mmHg, however, in palliative care a lower pressure of 20 to 30mmHg is recommended. Typical duration and frequency would be between 30 mins to 2 hours daily.

Your physiotherapist would be able to advise.

   
WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED TREATMENT TIMES FOR IPC PUMPS?
Unfortunately, there is no consensus for the treatment time.
Depending on the situation, a typical treatment time would be between 30 minutes and two hours (one hour twice a day) is generally recommended.

Your physiotherapist would be able to advise.