Compression Classes for Graduated Compression Hosiery
There are two different standards of compression classes for graduated compression hosiery, namely, the British standard (6612) and the European standard (SS-ENV 12718).
The British standard is divided into 3 classes and the European quality into 4 classes according to the level of pressure exerted around the ankle. The European recommended levels of compression are higher than the British levels.
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There is a wider use of the British standard on this website, published as indicated on the packaging. Shoppers are adviced to check the compression in mmHg (millimeters Mercury) rather than based on the compression classes.
The British standard is more widely accepted because a lower compression in the medical hosiery also results in the hosiery being more comfortable to wear and easier to put on.
Graduated Compression ProductsIf medical hosiery is what you are looking for, check out the following to find one that could suit your needs:
- Class 1 Medical Hosiery
- Class 2 Medical Hosiery
- Anti-Embolism Hosiery
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