intermittent compression


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intermittent compression

external compression used to control and reduce accumulation of lymph in body tissues. Devices to provide intermittent compression in an on-off timing sequence include inflated pressure sleeves and linear compression pumps. Some devices provide cold temperatures with compression to assist in controlling edema. Intermittent compression is also used to decrease acute bleeding.

in·ter·mit·tent com·pres·sion

(in'tĕr-mit'ĕnt kŏm-presh'ŭn)
1. A treatment procedure that employs intermittent external pressure to reduce edema in an extremity.
2. A neurodevelopmental treatment technique to facilitate contraction by applying pressure directly to the muscles surrounding a joint requiring better stabilization.
Synonym(s): pressure tapping.

intermittent compression

A technique for reducing edema in an extremity by pumping air (intermittent pneumatic compression) or, less commonly, chilled water through a sleeve that surrounds an extremity. Circumferential pressure applied to the arm or leg is gradually increased to enhance venous and lymphatic flow, and then the sleeve is deflated. The process is then repeated. See: sequential compression device
See also: compression
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