People interested in using or purchasing a sequential pneumatic pump should be aware that not all pumps are equal in design or treatment of lymphedema.
Once a doctor recommends and prescribes a pump for treatment of lymphedema it is up to you to make an informed choice. When inquiring about a pump there are important things to consider:
- What is the cycle time of the pump?
- How many chambers does the garment have?
- Is there a sequential milking effect on the limb from ankle or wrist moving up the limb?
- Are there variable pressure controls?
- Is there a short-duration cycle (30 seconds: 24 inflation, 6 deflation) supplied through multiple compartments? (creates a milking pattern for comfortable effective treatment).
- Are there a variety of sizes and attachments available?
- How durable and reliable is the pump? Have you seen these pumps in use in hospitals or clinics?
- What is the warranty? What happens if I have a problem with the pump?
- Am I buying my pump from an accredited well-established business?
Many pumps available on the market are uni-compartmental or have 2 or 3 chambers that may not overlap, and have a long cycle time, which can be very uncomfortable, Pumps with overlapping chambers, and a short cycle time (26 sec) seem most effective. For more information, questions or comments contact us at email@example.com