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Jan 29, 2011 04:34PM
Jan 29, 2011 04:43PM
What's interesting to me,
is that the 23/33 arn sleeve is compression class 2, while the 15/21 is a European compression class 1.
So, they seem to offer a unilateral sleeve in a compression class 2, and a bilateral in a compression class1--but don't consider compression class one therapeutic, yet it's the most commonly used compression class.
It would be nice if they offered both versions in both compression classes.
They sent me fabric samples, and a brochure.
Nordy--MOTC uses a 15-20 mm Jobst sleeve with a higher compression glove and that combo works well for her. Less is quite often more.
"Millimeters of mercury" and "compression class"
Unfortunately, size is not the only consideration in fitting a lymphedema garment. The amount of compression your garment applies will vary according to your specific needs and the stage of your lymphedema. This compression level is measured in units called "millimeters of mercury." It's written in scientific shorthand like this: mm/Hg. (The "mm" stands for millimeters, and the "Hg" is the chemical symbol for mercury.) Compression garments are ordered by "compression class," or the range of compression you need, stated in millimeters of mercury.
Here's a run-down of compression classes recognized in the United States, along with their usual uses (which may vary with individual circumstances):
Class 0: 15-20 mm/Hg - used for those at risk for lymphedema
Class I: 20-30 mm/Hg - used for those at risk, or for early or mild lymphedema
Class II: 30-40 mm/Hg - used for moderate or severe lymphedema
Class III: 40-50 mm/Hg - used for severe or hard-to-control lymphedema
To add to the confusion, European compression classes differ slightly from their US counterparts, like so:
Class I: 18-21 mm/Hg
Class II: 23-32 mm/Hg
Class III: 34-46 mm/Hg
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5/10/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-