VTE Prevention – Reducing VTE risk in acute stroke patients

A prospective study, conducted by a major NHS stroke unit, investigated use of the geko™ device for VTE prevention in the acute stroke pathway. The results show that the geko™ is as effective as IPC at reducing DVT. The geko™ was well tolerated and offered an alternative prophylaxis strategy to IPC, ensuring all patients received VTE prophylaxis, where previously no prophylaxis could be given1.

 

Pre-operative Oedema Reduction – Accelerating readiness for theatre in patients requiring Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF)

A prospective and retrospective study, conducted by a major NHS trauma centre, investigated use of the geko™ to reduce pre-operative oedema in ankle fracture patient requiring Open Reduction Surgical Fixation (ORIF), and compared the results to current standards of care.

The geko™ device was fitted above the backslab plaster. The study measured patient compliance and readiness to theatre, matched to the historical cohort. The study data was statistically significant in accelerating readiness for theatre: p=0.0012.

 

References:

  1. J. Williams1, C. Roffe1, Natarajan1, C. Moss1, C. Lambert1, L. Richards2. The use of the geko™ device and the activation of the foot and calf pumps for prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients with acute stroke. 1University Hospital of North Midland NHS Trust, Acute Stroke Unit, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom. 2Undergraduate School of Medicine- Keele University, Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom.
  2. James Cook, retrospective data on file, April 2017, Firstkind

What it does and How it works

The geko™ device, powered by OnPulse™ neuromuscular electrostimulation technology, is clinically proven to increase blood flow1 to help prevent and treat a range of acute medical conditions.

The size of a wrist watch and worn at the knee, the easy-to-use geko™ device gently stimulates the common peroneal nerve activating the calf and foot muscle pumps, resulting in increased blood flow in the deep veins of the calf2.

 

References:

  1. Tucker AT, Maass A, Bain DS, et al. Augmentation of venous, arterial and microvascular blood supply in the leg by isometric neuromuscular stimulation via the peroneal nerve. Int J Angiol 2010;19: e31–e37
  2. A. Nicolaides, M Griffin, Measurement of blood flow in the deep veins of the lower limb using the geko™ neuromuscular electro-stimulation device. Journal of International Angiology August 2016-04

Product Description – Geko VTE Prevention

G + N Code – 801000


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