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A Sequential Compression Device, or SCD, helps to circulate blood in the legs of immobile patients. (Some SCD machines are sometimes referred to as a Lymphedema Pumps)

An SCD works to increase circulation by gently compressing the legs. This gentle compression helps:

  • reduce swelling
  • reduce numbness
  • move the fluids from the area

For patients who are immobile or less-mobile, the SCD can help prevent many common circulatory conditions, such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), by increasing circulation in the lower extremities.

The SCD machine consists of:
  • a control unit
  • sleeves that fit around the calves or, the calves and thighs

The control unit sends a signal to the sleeves which then gently, sequentially compress starting in the ankle area and working up the legs. This compression encourages better circulation.

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in using an SCD machine, you need to speak with your doctor ahead of time as a test is sometimes required to ensure you have no blood clots that may cause further medical complications. A prescription from your doctor is also necessary.
 
 

https://www.medcomgroup.com/blog/sequential-compression-and-rehab/