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Edema Management Program

 

Edema will affect approximately 25-50% of patients who undergo axillary node surgery. Edema can also be caused by swelling secondary to chronic venous insufficiency, post-op surgical and hereditary. Patients who do not respond to diuretics and elevation are candidates for treatment.
 

What are the consequences of Edema?

 

  • Impairs the affected area.

  • Restricts joint movement.

  • Causes the skin to be dry and taut.

  • Tissues become hard and fibrotic, restricting

  • blood flow and oxygen.

  • Causes recurrent infections.

  • Blistering may increase leading to leakage and the development of serious wounds.\

What can be done about Edema?

  • Affinity Home Health Care offers a combination of lymphatic drainage with utilization of bandaging and compression therapy, all provided by a experience nursing staff.

  • Treatments are performed in conjunction with remedial exercises with the bandages, increasing lymphatic flow to promote edema reduction.

  • Patients are educated in the disease process and self care.

  • When appropriate, patients will be fitted for a compression sleeve & provided a compression pump for ongoing maintenance. Billed to Medicare.


All patients are seen by a registered nurse prior to treatment. Patients needing assistance will be provided with a home health aide to assist with bathing and showering.

It is important to note that when patients receive this therapy at home there is no co-pay, no capitation and supplies are covered by Medicare.

Symptoms of fluid retention

Symptoms of fluid retention can include:

  • swelling of affected body parts (feet, ankles and hands are commonly affected)

  • aching of affected body parts 

  • stiff joints 

  • rapid weight gain over a few days or weeks

  • unexplained weight fluctuations

  • when pressed, the skin may hold the indent for a few seconds (pitting oedema)

  • in other cases, the skin may not hold an indent when pressed (non-pitting oedema).

Don't suffer alone when help is a phone call away. Use your Home Healthcare  benefits by calling you doctor and requesting a complimentary RN evaluation.

Our Mission

The Mission of Affinity Home Health Care is to provide quality health care, physical and emotional comfort to all of its clients in a fashion of unparalleled excellence.  Affinity Home Health Care is committed to working within the financial means of all of our clients while bringing quality care to the homecare environment and treating each person with respect, diginity and compassion.

Commitment to our Patients
Affinity Home Health Care recognizes the unique emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each patient.  We strive to extend the highest level of courtesy and services to clients, caregivers, families, visitors, and each other.  Leadership commitment- to be able to continue to provide state of the art service.
Commitment to Excellence
Affinity Home Health Care continually strives to create an atmosphere of teamwork, and fosters participation through continuous performance improvement. These activities enhance the pursuit of excellence and perpetuate of sense of personal pride in the areas of staff development, as well as enhanced organizational outcomes.  
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