Pneumatic Medicine is the use of non-invasive, dynamic pneumatic compression to treat a variety of medical conditions associated with compromised peripheral circulation, including chronic wounds or ulcers, venous insufficiency, and lymphedema.
The core component of Pneumatic Medicine is the use of the FDA-cleared NormaTec PCD (Pneumatic Compression Device) with its patented Peristaltic Pulse pneumatic waveform. One or two multi-cell inflatable boots (or sleeves) are placed around the legs (or arms) and rhythmically inflated and deflated to carefully prescribed pressures, promptly mobilizing stagnant fluid in the affected limbs. The NormaTec PCD provides software-controlled, precisely calibrated dynamic pneumatic compression, in contrast to other compression strategies.
Real, Rapid Results for Patients
Healthcare professionals who prescribe Pneumatic Medicine for their patients report seeing the following results:
- Dramatic decrease in edema
- Rapid healing of chronic wounds
- Prevention of new wounds
- Resolution of cellulitis
- Prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
How is the NormaTec PCD Different?
The clinical results achieved using Pneumatic Medicine are directly correlated to the type of compression strategy, or pneumatic waveform. Other PCDs typically use one of the following simplistic waveforms:
- Non-sequential, non-gradient: One cell squeezes and holds the entire limb for a specified time before releasing.
- Sequential, non-gradient (also known as intermittent compression): Starting distally and moving proximally, each of multiple cells squeezes and holds at the same pressure before they all release.
- Sequential, gradient: Starting distally and moving proximally, each of multiple cells squeezes and holds, with each cell's pressure being less than the more-distal cells, before they all release.
Unlike these simplistic waveforms, the NormaTec PCD's unique, patented Peristaltic Pulse pneumatic waveform employs a sophisticated pulsing, gradient, and distal release compression pattern. Designed to mimic healthy physiology, it incorporates the physiological concepts of:
- pulsing compression simulating the "muscle pump" of the limb,
- gradient directionality of flow as occurs in the venous and lymphatic one-way valves; and
- distal release as seen with the effective movement of fluids during peristalsis.
Through these mechanisms the NormaTec PCD gently but effectively moves fluid from edematous tissues, dramatically and rapidly reducing swelling and induration.
Safe and Effective
The only contra-indication for Pneumatic Medicine treatment with the NormaTec PCD is an acute DVT. Co-morbidities, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, arterial insufficiency, infections, cancer, post-phlebitic syndrome, and end-stage renal failure, are NOT contra-indications.
Full Support for You and Your Patients
When your patients start using the NormaTec PCD, you'll be assigned a Primary Nurse who will:
- Serve as your point person at NormaTec,
- Fully educate your patients and their caregivers to successfully use the NormaTec PCD independently at home,
- Keep you and your office regularly updated on your patients' progress.
By prescribing the fully programmable NormaTec PCD for your patients, you gain maximal clinical flexibility to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes.