Circulator Boot™ is a cardio-synchronous compression
system classified as Intermittent Compression Thereapy (ICT)
which includes the following:
- A controller
unit to detect the QRS complex of the cardiac rhythm and
to appropriately time boot compressions at the end
portion of the heart cycle.
- A rapid action
valve assembly capable of both pressurizing and exhausting
the boot within
a fraction of a second.
- Rigid, adjustable
long boot to enclose the leg from groin to toes.
double-walled plastic bags to enclose the chosen portion
of the leg and to contain the compressed air.
- Rigid Miniboot
to enclose the foot and ankle for patients requiring treatment
of the foot only.
- Fluted lower
leg legging to extend the Miniboot treatment to the thigh.
air supply to power the circulator boot compression cycles.
The Circulator Boot is clinical equipment designed to compress
all or portions of the leg in the end-diastolic portion
of the heart cycle, in a series of treatments each commonly
lasting 40 minutes. It is shipped with a video training
DVD to facilitate the orientation of new staff.
of the Circulator Boot
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For treating the whole leg up to the thigh
For treating the foot
Toe and Ankle and thigh
with the longboot
Used with the miniboot
For setting the compression timing.
controlling airflow to the boot
with patient isolation
||+/- 0.1 ms
||0 - 112 mm
(0 - 60 inches of water)
||121 mm Hg (65
inches of water)
||90 – 240
VAC, 50 – 60 Hz
Care Treatment Using the Circulator Boot
About 10 to 20 years
after the onset of diabetes, most people will begin to experience
diabetic neuropathy. It begins with intermittent pain and
tingling in the extremities, especially the feet. In
later stages, the pain is more intense and constant. Finally,
the area begins to lose all sensation, increasing the risk
of tissue injury. The condition is caused by poor blood
flow to the extremities. Many patients end up with toes
or feet amputated because of the poor circulation.
circulator boot system is an approved medical device in Canada.
In the USA, it is the only boot approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration for the treatment of arterial diseases
in the leg. The procedure greatly reduces the risk of
limb loss, or amputation. Studies show that patients
who lose one leg are likely to lose the other and also have
a shorter life expectancy.
DOES IT WORK?
First, the patient sits in a specially-made bed or treatment
chair. Their legs are then put into inflatable plastic bags. The
therapist encase the patient's legs in boots made of white
fiberglass. A valve regulator, which is connected to the controller
is then attached to the top of each boot. Once the circulator
boot system is turned on, between heartbeats, air pulses through
the bag, compressing the leg. Oxygenated blood is drawn in,
and venous blood is expelled. Pressure is released just as
the heart's next systolic beat occurs. The cycle
is repeated from 40 to 100 times per minute. If an infected
wound is present, antibiotics can be injected into the foot
or leg before treatment to help the medication diffuse more
effectively through the affected tissues. The procedure
improves circulation by breaking down clots, re-channeling
blocked vessels and forming new or small vessels to help restore
LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?
The length and frequency
of treatment varies for each patient. For example, patients
with a pulse rate of 80 beats per minute might receive 4800
such compressions per hour. Patients with minor problems
may see improvement in a few weeks. A severely diseased
leg could take four to six months to save. At clinics that
use the Circulator Boot, typically nine out of ten patients
are able to avoid amputation.
ORDER OR REQUEST INFORMATION
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TO MAIN DESCRIPTION OF THE CIRCULATOR BOOT
Circulator Boot is a registered trade mark of the Circulator