30th of November is the first European Compression Day. In honor of this day, we are presenting our vascular assessment protocol for safe compression, which optimizes ulcer treatment time.
We have developed three crucial steps which ensure that the level of assigned compression therapy is safe.
STEP 1: Identify patients
Ankle-Brachial Index is an important measurement in wound care management and in compression therapy.
ABI measurement should be performed to:
- Determine adequate arterial blood flow prior to compression therapy
- Rule out PAD/LEAD with a lower extremity wound
- Assess wound healing potential
- Evaluate therapeutic outcome
- Determine safe level of compression
*ABI: Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians (WOCN guidelines)
STEP 2: Perform an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) measurement
With MESI ABPI MD, the ABI really becomes a simple measurement. After positioning the three cuffs on the patient’s extremities, we receive a reliable ABI result in just 1 minute, along with the pulse waveform recording. With this result, we can confidently define the appropriate treatment for the patient.
STEP 3: Define treatment
ABI measurement is an indispensable part of any medical compression assessment and successful wound care management. With the ABI measurement report, healthcare professionals receive all the crucial information about the state of patient’s arteries and can, therefore, define the safe level of compression and accelerate the healing process of the ulcer.