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Should my mother have had a compression device on her bad

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Should my mother have had a compression device on her bad leg after surgery. She had a pin from hip to knee.she is classed as being in heart failure.when device removed she bled, requiring 3 units of blood.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

did they put a compression device on it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Prefer to type
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you have an answer to my question?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I am asking if they put a compression device on her or you are just asking if they should?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They put device on both legs. Only one side had surgery. the pin was from hip to knee.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

It is probably to prevent clots

Is it from the knee down?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I know why they are used. Mum had it removed by a nurse and heard her say she should not have had it on to a colleague. Not long after she bled. She has had 3 units of blood with no explanation.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I see.

Yes, if she is bleeding it should be removed.

but there is no way to know that before hand

It is good to have it on if there is no bleeding.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I looked on the internet under compression device contra indications. This said it should not be used if there was a surgical implant. Wouldn't pinning come under this.?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

if there is an implant under the compression yes

but as long as the compression isn't on the implant it is fine

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I believe there are two lengths of compression device. One to knee and one the whole leg. Am I right?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I have never seen a whole leg compression device.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pretty sure I read there was.if she had one that came within an inch of the pin, would that have interfered with the healing?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

It could have. Yes

There might be a whole leg version but it is never used in the hospital

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If there was compression over the pin would this have caused significant blood loss?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

it could have. yes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What action should the nursing staff taken to minimise risk to my mother, bearing in mind her heart failure condition, on such blood loss.(obviously the transfusion)
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

It is hard to say that without being there and seeing the situation and her chart

they might not have been anything they could have done

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Wouldn't my mother's cardiac out put have been affected, and her heart have to work much harder?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

absolutely. Yes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Should her consultant and surgeon have been informed?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

yes

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If an error has been made should a consultant discuss it with my mother.?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

of course

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there any control on a compression device to regulate how much compression is applied. And would this be documented in nursing notes?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Don't worry, about to run out of questions.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

1)Yes, there are different pressure settings that the nurse can adjust

2)No problem. :)

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I know that when you have a large foreign body in your skin it should not be removed without a Dr, as there will be alot of blood loss. Similarly,If mum had a device over her pin and it was suddenly removed, would it be expected to lead to significant blood loss. If this was indeed a risk, should a Dr have been involved with the removal?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

That is too hypothetical of a situation

I would need to be there.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think I know enough to write to the surgeon.is there any question you would ask that I have not covered?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Dr.Phil. pretty sure that was my last question! Are you there?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

I'm here

I think you covered it!

I'm sorry this happened

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Dr. Phil.do I ask good questions for someone with no school science qualification?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Yes absolutely!

I thought you were in the medical field

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Goodnight x
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

welcome :)