Clinical FAQs

This section covers a selection of specific clinical questions that might arise during the day-to-day use of Flowtron® Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) systems.

If you are using a Flowtron IPC for the first time, you may find the answer to your questions in the following downloadable documents.

These FAQ answers are intended solely for information and guidance purposes, and should not be seen as a substitute for holistic patient assessment. Your own clinical judgement must take precedent. If in doubt, please contact a suitably qualified physician and/or your local Arjo office for advice before using the product.

Q Is there an association between the use of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) and patients/residents developing compartment syndrome?

Q Why is the Flowtron® system contraindicated for people with acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Q Can a Flowtron IPC device be used for children?

Q Device-related pressure injuries, pathology and prevention.

Q In knee surgery, can a calf garment be applied straight after surgery (even if the knee is bandaged)?

Q Can the Flowtron system be used for people with a history of Pulmonary Embolism (PE)?

Q What should I do when the standard garments are too small for patients with large limbs? Can I fasten two together to make one large garment?

Q Can the Flowtronsystem be used for patients having surgery in the Lloyd Davies or lithotomy positions?

Q After a period of non-use, can Flowtron garments be re-applied and therapy be resumed without any risk of DVT having formed?

Q When using the Flowtron system, will a seated position adversely affect venous return?

Q Is thigh compression more effective for bariatric patients?

Q Can the Flowtron system be used for patients with a venous filter?

Q Using IPC in orthopedic surgery.

Q Can I clean a Flowtron IPC garment?