Compression Therapy

The HOSIERY system for compression assessment

Correct assessment or reassessment of patients to determine their suitability for compression therapy, and the accurate measurement and selection of garments are essential if compression is to have the desired effect. The HOSIERY system is an acronym that has been developed to aid healthcare professionals and carers choose and apply compression garments or wraps. HOSIERY stands for Holistic assessment, Oedema evaluation, vaScular evaluation, lImb measurement, sElection, Re-evaluation, and Yourself. A traffic light system is used within the acronym guidance to act as an alert code, whereby red signifies where hosiery is not indicated, amber signifies where reassessment and monitoring of the patient are required, and green signifies where hosiery is indicated.

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