Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) for the Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease and Critical Limb Ischemia in Patients without a Surgical Option
Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) is an alternative treatment for inoperable patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia. Arterial IPC involves sequential inflation and deflation of pneumatic pressure cuffs placed on the patient’s limb. An automatic air source is connected to the cuff to allow intermittent inflation of the cuffs to pressures close to systolic pressure, followed by rapid deflation. The success of the device in arterial applications is due to the direct effect that IPC has on the arterio-venous gradient to generate a demand for arterial supply to the tissue.
Key learning objectives:
o Learn about the latest arterial IPC research
o Understand the clinical rationale of arterial IPC in the treatment of arterial insufficiency with and without wounds
o Learn how to successfully use arterial IPC with evidence-based effective treatment protocols
o Learn about the pearls and pitfalls of caring for ischemic wounds.