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CNA Skill Applying Knee-High Elastic Stocking

T.E.D hose or anti-embolism stockings help prevent blood clots and increase the blood flow in your legs.   T.E.D. is abbreviated for  thrombo-embolic disease/devices. Anti-embolism stockings are long, tight fitting "socks" that keep graduated pressure on the legs.

Some residents that CNAs will care for will require the use of T.E.D hose.  Certified nursing assistants will need to follow the nurse or doctors order on when and how long the resident will be required to where them. 

When applying this CNA clinical skill, students will need to remember that T.E.D hose are to be applied while the resident is in the bed.  The small hole near the toes goes ON TOP of the toes. This is so you can visually check the toes for circulation. The small hole does NOT go on the ball of the foot and NOT on the ends with the toes sticking out.  Every stocking is different so make sure you check the packaging.
CNA Skill Tips for Applying T.E.D hose

Make sure feet are dry
Put stockings on the patient’s foot, by gathering its fabric into your hands.
Roll the stocking upwards, until its upper edge reaches just above the patient’s knee.
Stockings should fit the patient’s legs, properly.
Stockings should be wrinkle-free; otherwise it may make the patient uncomfortable.