There are many types of IPC devices. The cuffs may cover your calves, or they may
around your thighs and calves. A nurse or aide will apply the IPC cuffs. He or she
show you how to take the cuffs off and put them back on. When fastened around your
legs, the cuffs should feel snug, but they shouldn’t be too tight. You should be able
place a finger between the cuffs and your legs.
Next the cuffs are attached to the compression machine. The machine will cycle between
inflating and deflating the cuffs. This may feel a little strange at first. Let your
healthcare provider or nurse know if it is uncomfortable.
for help if you need to get up to use the bathroom, go for a walk, or take a shower.
Your nurse or aid will help you take off your cuffs before you leave your bed and
them back on when you return to your bed. If your healthcare provider has told you
to get up on your own, don't leave your bed without help from staff. Always take off
cuffs completely before leaving your bed.
Tell your healthcare provider or nurse right away, if you have any of the following:
Swelling, pain, or redness in either of your
A sore on the skin under either of the cuffs
The cuffs feel too tight or cause pain