What are those white stockings they put on my legs in the hospital?
Anti-embolism stockings, often referred to as TED’s, are a type of compression garment used in medical settings to prevent blood clots in patients who are generally immobile. If your body isn’t moving much, particularly after surgery, there is an increased risk of clotting. Anti-Embolism stockings (Anti-Ems) are distinctive because they are white and have an “inspection hole” over or under the toes. The hole is there so a Doctor can easily look at your feet and toes to see if the color indicates a healthy blood flow. You do not wear Anti-Ems with your toes through the hole like you would with regular”open-toe” stockings. Anti-Ems can be either knee-high or thigh-high in length. They have a compression standard, set by the Sigal Study in 1975, of 18 mmHg at the ankle and gradually decreasing to 8mmHg at the top.
Patients are often advised to continue wearing these stockings for a few weeks after being released from the hospital. Because their compression level is only moderately firm they are easy to wear and feel good. In fact, many customers come to us looking for replacements. BrightLife Direct does sell Anti-Embolism stockings but we usually advise customers to switch to a similar compression (15-20mmHg) in a stocking that does not make you look like you’ve just been flat on your back in recovery. We sell many styles of knee-high or thigh-high stockings in 15-20mmHg compression that look identical to everyday hosiery or socks. These provide the same benefit as Anti-Ems but blend in well with your normal attire.