How a Cold Therapy and Pneumatic Compression Device Improves Patient Outcomes


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All professional healthcare providers want to deliver the best service to their patients from the time a problem arises all the way through the recovery process. Not only is it the core mission of the occupation, but it also improves patient satisfaction and reduces costs for all concerned. If you work in a facility that measures patient outcomes, prioritizing quality of care throughout the patient experience will also contribute to higher scores.  

One of the best ways to ensure positive patient outcomes after surgery or a soft tissue injury is to provide a pneumatic compression device during the recovery process.

Pneumatic Compression Devices and Patient Outcomes

Whether you are a physical therapist that treats a lot of athletic injuries or a surgeon that repairs and replaces joints, recommending a pneumatic compression device can help you improve patient outcomes in the following ways:

Faster recovery

The combination of cold therapy and active compression is proven to be more effective than cold therapy alone. The pumping action provided during compression actively removes edema and brings freshly oxygenated blood and nutrients to the injury site to help promote the healing process. Using a machine that constantly circulates cold water also provides deeper cold penetration and the positive effects of cryotherapy last longer.

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Better patient compliance

One of the many challenges that healthcare professionals face is convincing patients to comply with recommended treatment protocols. Because a pneumatic compression device is more convenient and comfortable for the patient, they are more likely to use it. This means a faster recovery and a lower chance of re-injury or complications after surgery.

Better patient satisfaction

Of course, a patient that recovers quickly will have a higher satisfaction level than one who does not. It is also important to consider the comfort and convenience of the treatment protocols you recommend. While it is true that administering cold therapy with an ice pack is still an effective means for reducing pain and swelling, a cold therapy and pneumatic compression device is much more comfortable for the patient. With specialized wraps designed to fit to the body, they do not have to hold an ice pack in place or worry about cold water getting on their skin or clothing. Wraps designed to fit to a specific area of the body allow for more accurate, targeted treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about how a cold therapy and pneumatic compression device can help you improve patient outcomes, talk to the experts at Game Ready. When it comes to patient satisfaction, the results speak for themselves. A patient survey showed that over 94%* of respondents had a better post-op recovery than a previous surgery using a different type of cold therapy. Additionally, over 91%* of patients reported a faster return to work or daily activities. Read our case studies and testimonials to learn more about how other professionals are already using Game Ready.

*Percentage of survey respondents as of December 2012 Download the Comparison Guide of Rehab Cold and Compression Systems