Evidence for use of IPC Wienert et al (2005) – Indications: –DVT prophylaxis –Post-phlebitic syndrome –Venous oedema –Foot / Ankle ulcers –Lymphoedema –Lipoedema –Peripheral arterial disease –Diabetic foot –Hemipeglia
IPC Evidence - Amputees 1 unobtainable Article!!! Experiences in the use of a pneumatic stump shrinker. Author: REDFORD JB Journal: ICIB Issue: 12(10), 1-6, 14 Year: 1973 Description: Describes methods used to reduce stump oedema occurring after amputation. Includes the Jobst intermittent compression unit which is applied to reduce oedema prior to casting the amputation stump for a temporary or permanent socket. Rigid- plaster dressings have been used satisfactorily, as has Tensor bandage wrapping and lycra tubigrip stump socks. Reduction of oedema allows the patient to be fitted with a permanent prosthesis in 40 to 60 days. Inter-Clinic Information Bulletin (ICIB) was initiated in 1961 in the US to improve timely information sharing between prosthetic and orthotic clinics for children. Now known as Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics
IPC Evidence - Amputees Anecdotally Reduces oedema More effective on TTAs than TFAs ? Desensitization effect Used in other centres / states for over 30 years
IPC Evidence - Lymphoedema The Lymphoedema Framework (2006) IPC recognised as an effective treatment Multi-chambered IPC > single chambered Other compressive therapy / garments to prevent rebound
IPC Evidence – DVT Prophylaxis Kakkos / Nicolaides / Griffin / Geroulakos / Wolfe /....collaboration “... is as effective as heparin” (Nicolaides et al 1980) Lacks hemorrhagic side effects of anticoagulants – better option in trauma, brain injury (Kakkos et al, 2005) Potentially effective at preventing venous stasis and therefore DVT (Kakkos et al, 2000)
IPC Evidence – PVD / wound management Nelson Mani and Vowden (2008) Cochrane Review – 7 RCTs on venous ulcers IPC may increase healing compared with no compression. not clear whether it increases healing when added to treatment with bandages Rapid IPC is better than slow IPC in 1 trial
IPC Evidence – PVD / wound management Ginsberg et al (1999) –IPC reduces symptoms of severe post- phlebitis syndrome in ~ 80% clients who are unable to tolerate pressure stockings Delis et al (2000) – IPC enhances collateral circulation... “an effective treatment in symptomatic PVD” Delis et al (2001) –Thigh IPC +/- calf IPC improves native arterial and infra-inguinal bypass graft flow.
IPC - Contra indications Decompensating heart insufficiency (?CCF) Extensive thrombophlebitis, thrombus or suspected thrombus Neuropathy Infectious disease (?infection) Acute soft tissue trauma to the extremities Occlusive lymphoedema (Wienert et al, 2005)
IPC - Contra indications Cancer? Increasing lymph and blood flow Lachmann et al (1992) –peroneal neuropathy and lower leg compartment syndrome following IPC for surgical DVT prophylaxis.
Implications for Amputee Management No empirical residual limb evidence Physiological evidence – potential residual and intact limb benefit Useful where other Rx strategies are not tolerated well. Dosage rationale / evidence –“rapid” IPC is better than “slow” –determined by in built machine settings. IPC + other compression modalities to prevent rebound oedema Anecdotally effective There is plenty of scope for producing better quality amputee related evidence!
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