General Lymphedema & Compression Pump FAQs

What size garments do I need?

The most important measurement is the inseam length. Find the range that your measurement falls into and that is what size you should get. For instance, if the inseam measurement is 34 inches, you should pick a large. If your measurement is not in a range, for example 27 inches, pick the size larger than that measurement, so the correct choice would be a large sleeve since it can accommodate up to 29 inches.

Please reference the CircuFlow™ Garment Measurement Chart when deciding what sleeve is necessary.

How long will it take my garment to inflate ?

Although each pump was designed to inflate every garment within three minutes, depending on what size garment is being used filling times will vary. Please allow more time for larger sleeves to fill. Also make sure that all connections between the pump and the garments are tight and that the garment is not plugged in upside down.

What if I have to end my session sooner than expected?

All of the CircuFlow™ pumps are designed with a built in deflation cycle. By pressing STOP anytime during the therapy session, the pump will deflate the sleeve for easy removal. If one deflation cycle is not enough, press the START button and then the STOP button right after to initiate another deflation cycle. This method may be used until the garment can be taken off easily. Please note, after pressing the STOP button, the pump will not resume from its therapy from where it left off.

How do I maintain my CircuFlow™ pump?

Each CircuFlow™ pump was designed with ease in mind, and requires no maintenance to function. The garments that come with each pump are washable and have instructions written on them if a patient deems it necessary.

 Will my lymphedema compression pump complicate certain conditions?

  • As stated in each pumps user guide, compression IS NOTrecommended in the following conditions:
    • Infections in the limb, including cellulites without appropriate antibiotic coverage
    • The presence of lymphangiosarcoma
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
    • Inflammatory phlebitis or episodes of pulmonary embolism
    • Congestive heart failure
  • Ask your doctor about any condition that will interfere with the proper usage of any garments .
  • For patients with skin conditions in certain localized areas, the 5200 model come with a “skip chamber” function that should be utilized to prevent further damage to the areas.

CircuFlow™ 5150 Pump FAQs

What is the factory default setting for the CircuFlow™ 5150 sequential compression device?

The factory default setting for the CircuFlow™ 5150 is 40 mmHg of pressure in the first chamber, at a 7% gradient, at a 60 second cycle time, with a one hour treatment time. Only the pressure and treatment time settings can be changed by the user.

How do I adjust pressure and time settings?

Although the default pressure and time is set from the factory, some adjusting may be needed based on prescriptions obtained from your physician. To adjust the CircuFlow™ 5150 for personal use, press and hold the MODE button for at least 10 seconds. This will show you the customizing options. The first option is time, preset at 1 hour. Use the ARROWS to adjust for the desired time. When the necessary changes are made, press the MODE button again to access the pressure settings. Once again, adjust the pressure for chamber 1 using the arrows. To exit the customizing screen, press the MODE button twice to return to the default screen.

CircuFlow™ 5200 Pump FAQs

What is the factory default setting for the CircuFlow™ 5150 sequential compression device?

The factory default setting for the CircuFlow™ 5200 is 45 mmHg of pressure in the first chamber, at a 7% gradient, at a 30 second cycle time, with 30 minutes of treatment time.  The user has the option to change the pressure, gradient, cycle time, and treatment time settings.

Why can’t I adjust the time and pressure on my machine?

The CircuFlow™ 5150 lymphedema pump has a built in Lock Function that the physician can initiate so that the controls cannot be tampered with. To confirm the pump has been locked, press the knob down. If you are prompted for a password, then the machine is locked. If the machine is not locked and you still cannot change the mode, pressure, or time settings, contact your pump distributor for more information.


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