Tampa, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/27/2014 -- Studies in recent years have clarified the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) associated with air and automobile travel. While its nickname with the general public, “Economy-Class Syndrome”, may sound fairly benign, VTE can result in serious injury or death.
A recent article published on Medpage Today covered several studies concerning pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which together constitute the process known as VTE.
Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of DVT prevention devices, said that those who are at risk for DVT and facing lengthy flights and car rides should familiarize themselves with portable pneumatic compression devices.
“We recently began carrying a game-changing portable pneumatic compression device called Triple Play,” Grambor said. “This device is a small, one-pound box containing a battery and calibrated air pump, providing 17 hours of compression therapy via two leg cuffs connected by tubing. This allows the patient to spend an entire day crammed into the tiny space of an economy-class seat while mitigating the risk of DVT.”
As pointed out by the MedPage Today article, several studies have identified an elevated risk of VTE with travel. One study found that the risk rose by 26 percent for every two-hour increase in duration of air travel. Another study entitled, “Venous thromboembolism from air travel: the LONFLIT (Long Flight) study” found 11 instances of DVT in 389 high-risk travelers.
“With the convenience of the Triple Play portable compression device, an ounce of prevention for travelers at high risk of DVT, particularly on long flights and car rides, is a wise choice,” added Grambor.
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