Altipress

Overview

Altipress

Product Overview

Altipress is available as a Leg Ulcer Hosiery Kit or as Hosiery Liner Packs. It is manufactured in our UK based factory.

Altipress 40 Leg Ulcer Kit

The Altipress 40 Leg Ulcer Hosiery Kit offers a practical and discreet alternative to bulky bandage systems. The kit consists of two stockings that are worn on top of each other. The first layer is a liner offering 10mmHg and the second layer is a British Standard Class III stocking. Together, they provide the 40mmHg pressure at the ankle required for leg ulcer healing.

Each kit contains:

  • 2 x Altipress white inner stockings (10 mmHg)
  • 1 x Altipress Soft Beige outer stocking (30 mmHg)

Altipress Liner Packs

Liner packs provide 10mmHg and are often used for palliative care, maintenance therapy and for those intolerant to higher levels of compression. They can also be layered to provide higher levels of compression (e.g. 2 liners provides 20mmHg) or worn under other compression stockings.

Each liner pack contains:

  • 3 x Altipress inner liner stockings  (available in white and soft beige)

Altipress is latex free.

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Patient Information

Patient Information

If you have been prescribed Altipress 40, it is likely you have a leg ulcer or are at risk of developing a new one. Altipress stockings can help because they provide graduated compression (where the pressure is highest at the ankle and reduces up the leg), which is needed to encourage blood to flow properly up your leg. This is necessary for your leg ulcer to heal.

Altipress 40 is not suitable for everyone with a leg ulcer and you may need to wear bandages. You should speak to your Healthcare Practitioner if you have any questions or concerns.

You will see that the kit you have been given has two parts – a liner and a top stocking. You have two liners in your kit so you can wear one while the other is being washed. The liner goes on first, followed by the top stocking.

Caring for your Altipress stockings

Avoid damage to your stockings by smoothing rough edges from finger and toe nails and removing jewellery when putting them on or taking them off. We also advise that you wear footwear whenever possible to help prevent excessive wear on your stockings.

Washing Instructions

Altipress stockings should be hand washed at 40°C and should be left to dry flat away from direct heat.

Do not iron, tumble-dry, dry clean or bleach your Altipress stockings.

If you have any questions about using or caring for your hosiery, please contact your Healthcare Practitioner.

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Clinician Information

Clinician Information

Altipress 40 Leg Ulcer Hosiery Kit provides the 40mmHg at the ankle required for healing venous leg ulcers. It is suitable for patients with regular shaped limbs and low exuding ulcers. It is also suitable for post-VLU treatment to help prevent recurrence.

Each kit includes two liners and one top stocking. One liner and the top stocking are worn together to provide the 40mmHg. Additional liners are available in a Liner Pack.

Altipress 40 is particularly suitable for people who need to stay on the move because it is discreet and comfortable and patients can continue to wear their regular footwear.

The kit has guaranteed compression levels ‘built in’ to the hosiery. Where appropriate, it can be applied by patients themselves, offering a level of independence.

The flexibility, practicality and comfort of Altipress 40 also encourages compliance and mobility which helps the healing process and improves patient morale.

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Altipress Measuring Chart

Indications:

  • Treatment and management of venous leg ulcers
  • Prevention of VLU recurrence
  • Patients not suitable for or tolerant of compression bandages

Contraindications:

  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), confirmed with an ABPI (Doppler) reading of less than 0.8
  • Accute or unstable Heart Failure
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease (IHD), also called Coronary Artery Disease
  • Untreated Cellulitis or Phlebitis of the Lower Limb

Proceed with caution in those patients who have:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Heavily exuding or large wounds
  • Irregular shaped limb

These patients may require referral to a specialist for advice and additional assessment. Close supervision may be necessary in line with local policies/pathways.

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