When should you wear TED hose or compression socks?
When patients hear the terms TED (thromboembolic deterrant) hose and compression socks, they may think the two are interchangeable. They are two different types of compression garments for two different types of patients. In general, patients are prescribed one of the two for the treatment of various conditions, of which the most common are edema (fluid retention) and DVT (deep vein thromboses) or blood clots. Having the right compression garment for the right condition can not only expedite healing, but also help to keep the patient safe.