Co-owner and Vice President
Absolute Medical, Inc.
Talking Compression with Your Patient
Friday, May 3, 9:30am – 9:50am
When it’s time to select the appropriate compression garment for your patient, open communication is key. Too often, the cost of the garment is not discussed because people are uncomfortable talking about personal finances. Yet, if cost is not brought into the discussion, and the patient later discovers they cannot afford the garment, they may seek out less-expensive but ill-fitting or medically-inappropriate garments. That action will invariably lead to a loss of the improvements achieved during intensive therapy. In this workshop, you will learn how to discuss compression options with your patient to help ensure that they will be able to successfully self-manage their lymphedema for the rest of their lives.
- List the considerations to discuss with a patient when choosing a compression garment for their self-care.
Lymphoedema Framework (2006) Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema. International Consensus. MEP, London.
Boyages J, Xu Y, Kalfa S, et al. Financial cost of lymphedema borne by women with breast cancer. Psychooncology. 2017;26:849-855.
For John, the best part of his job is fitting patients with perfectly-fitting compression garments that will greatly improve a patient’s quality of life. When he is not working, John enjoys spending as much time as possible with his friends and family, especially his two young sons, Carter and Emmett.