FlowOx

Treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

FlowOx

FlowOx is a novel system for the treatment of Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) related problems such as pain, reduced walking distance and chronic ulcers. The system increases blood flow in patients with peripheral arterial disease1.

 

 

 

 

What is PAD?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – reduced blood circulation in limbs – is a debilitating condition that leads to pain, chronic wounds and amputations.

What is FlowOx?

FlowOx is a cyclical negative pressure device, operating at -40 mmHg.

FlowOx generates pulsating negative pressure inside the boot which draws blood down into the leg, improving skin blood flow and oxygenation. This is due to a combination of dilation of arterioles and increased arteriovenous pressure gradient.

Key Benefits

  •  Non invasive
  •  Safe and easy to use
  •  Suitable for home use
  •  Can be used in addition to surgical intervention or where surgery is contraindicated for the patient

 

[1] Sundby Ø. et al., 2017. Blood flow in PAD patients enhanced by FlowOx.

Who should use FlowOx?

  •  Patients at risk of amputation due to PAD
  •  Patients with Intermittent Claudication
  •  Patients with Critical Limb Ischaemia
  •  Patients with acute and chronic arterial/mixed ulcers
  •  Patients waiting for vascular intervention

Contraindications

  • You should not use the device if you have any infected skin conditions
  • FlowOx should not be used on a wound unless the wound is dressed.

If during the treatment there are any changes to your medical condition, contact your Clinical Support Specialist from H&R Healthcare.

 

[1] Sundby Ø. et al., 2017. Blood flow in PAD patients enhanced by FlowOx.

How to use FlowOx?

To achieve relevant therapeutic effect, it is recommended that the device is used for 2 hours per day, preferably split into smaller and more convenient time slots during the day (e.g. one hour in the morning and in the evening).

Using FlowOx as recommended, patients can expect to experience reduction in pain and visual changes in wound status within 2-3 weeks and can attain long term benefits such as lasting reduction in pain, increased walking distance, improved blood flow and potentially complete wound healing. To ensure good compliance, it is important to adjust to the use of FlowOx to suit the patient’s normal daily routine.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Sundby Ø. et al., 2017. Blood flow in PAD patients enhanced by FlowOx.

 

 

What is PAD, Intermittent Claudication and Critical Limb Ischaemia?

You can develop a condition called PAD when the arteries in your legs become blocked and your legs don’t receive enough blood or oxygen. The most common symptom is Intermittent Claudication (IC). IC is discomfort or pain that occurs when you walk and stops when you rest.

Critical Limb Ischaemia is a symptom you may experience if you have advanced PAD. This occurs when your legs don’t get enough oxygen even during resting.

How does the FlowOx  system work?

FlowOx generates pulsating negative pressure inside the boot which draws blood down into the leg, improving skin blood flow and oxygenation. This is due to a combination of dilation of the arterioles and increased arteriovenous pressure gradient.

How often should I use FlowOx?

Your Surgeon, Vascular Nurse or Clinical Specialist will tell you about usage, which is normally twice a day for an hour. This can be split over more intervals if initially painful, but it is important to build up an hours constant use twice a day.

How do I deflate the boot when I’ve finished?

Prior to using the boot for the first time, familiarise yourself with the blue button at the side of the boot and make sure you can reach this once the boot is on your foot. This blue button allows the padding to deflate once the unit is switched off, so you can easily remove your foot.

How do I clean the device?

To keep your device clean, the power unit can be dusted with a damp cloth. Don’t use any corrosive cleaners, just water. The boot can be wiped over with any antibacterial cleaning wipes, inside and out. Allow boot to dry thoroughly before use.

If you have been using this for a trial, please keep all packaging and associated information safe, as this will need to be collected at the end of the trial.

Who should I contact if I have any concerns?

If during treatment there are any changes to your medical condition, contact your Clinical Support Specialist from H&R Healthcare. Alternatively you can contact our Customer Service team who will put you in touch with the relevant representative customerservices@hrhealthcare.co.uk or 01482 631606.

 

 

 

[1] Sundby Ø. et al., 2017. Blood flow in PAD patients enhanced by FlowOx.

Ordering details

For orders, deliveries and general enquiries please contact H&R Healthcare:

Tel: +44 (0)1482 631606

Fax: +44 (0)1482 631630

Email: customerservices@hrhealthcare.co.uk

 

 

[1] Sundby Ø. et al., 2017. Blood flow in PAD patients enhanced by FlowOx.