Nurses should record the condition of the stocking during each inspection. The stockings should be washed after every 3 days to remove any body secretions. No ointment shall be used; instead, talcum powder should be used.Many times, Anti-Embolism Stockings may be issued to patients without proper analysis and assessment of other conditions that be generated due to the therapeutically use of the Anti-Embolism Stockings. The Anti-Embolism Stockings may be effective in regulating the flow of blood to legs but may also lead to further complication on the limbs. For instance, id applied to a patient with peripheral arterial disorders, external pressure caused by Anti-Embolism Stockings may further reduce the blood flow to the lower limb. This may result in further disorders such as ischaemia or necrosis of tissue. If the nurses fail to notice the color of the foot, feel the warmth and the palpable pedal pulse, then Anti-Embolism Stockings will be infective in treatment of the pre-diagnosed condition.Anti-Embolism Stockings cannot be prescribed to patients with a stroke. In such cases, nurses and clinicians should always refer to the RCHT guidelines on stroke assessment and treatment. For patients diagnosed with non-haemorrhagic stroke with an increased risk of VTE pharmacological prophylaxis with LMWH should be taken into consideration. The Anti-Embolism Stockings should not be applied to patients with severe or extreme deformity of the leg. Any other leg or skin condition that might worsen or develop due to application of Anti-Embolism Stockings should be identified prior to the application. Failure to notice such underlying issues will result defective side effects of applying Anti-Embolism Stockings.Other researchers have found the stockings ineffective in some cases. They indicate that wrong application may be detrimental to the patients. According to (Macintyre, Kent& McPhee, 2013), those people with circulatory disorders might be required to wear specific stockings or tight-fitting hosiery to offer a compression force to the outer limbs` surface (particularly the lower portion) as well as the feet to lessen excess edema. The powerfully elastic nature of the stockings that provides the needed compressive force for the therapeutic advantage of the stockings makes the stockings hard to don. Application of
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