Sequential Compression Device (SCD)/Lymphedema Pump

What is a Sequential Compression Device?

The AIROS™ 6 Sequential Compression Device (SCD) delivers compression therapy to help patients manage lymphatic and venous disorders. The device provides effective intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) therapy for treatment of the lower and upper extremities. It increases blood flow and encourages extracellular fluid clearance. The device provides cycles of compressed air at certain adjustable pressures and then inflates and deflates garments to move fluid.

The AIROS 6 (SCD) gradient pneumatic compression, which is intended for treatment of patients with the following conditions:

• Lymphedema

• Venous stasis ulcers

• Venous insufficiency

• Peripheral edema

The device is safe for both home and hospital use. It requires a prescription from your doctor or health care provider.

What do I need to know about SCDs?

Wear your SCDs as directed by your healthcare provider. You will need to have them removed before you get up to walk, go to the bathroom, or bathe. Ask for help to take them off. Do not remove the SCDs on your own.

Good skin care is important when you wear SCDs. Healthcare providers will remove the sleeves and check your skin frequently. Tell them if you have discomfort or pain while wearing the SCDs.

Let your healthcare providers know if the alarm goes off. They may need to make sure the SCDs are attached correctly or adjust the tubing.


Pneumatic compression IS NOT recommended for use in patients with the following conditions:

  • Infections in the limb, including cellulitis without appropriate antibiotic coverage
  • Presence of lymphangiosarcoma
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Inflammatory phlebitis or episodes of pulmonary embolism
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Any local conditions in which garments would interfere, including: Untreated wounds, infected wounds, gangrene, recent skin graft, or dermatitis