9.11 Skills Checklist: Application of Compression Stockings (TED Hose)

1. Gather Supplies: Compression stockings

2. Routine Pre-Procedure Steps:

    • Knock on the client’s door.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Introduce yourself and identify the resident.
    • Maintain respectful, courteous, and professional communication at all times.
    • Provide for privacy.
    • Explain the procedure to the client.

3. Procedure Steps:

    • Raise the bed height if needed.
    • Position the resident in the supine position (bed flat).
    • Expose only the leg you will be placing the stocking on.
    • Roll, gather, or turn the stocking inside out to the heel.
    • Place the stocking over the resident’s toes, foot, and heel.
    • Check the placement of heel marking.
    • Roll or gently pull the stocking up their leg.
    • Check the resident’s toes for possible pressure from stocking.
    • Adjust stocking as needed; stocking should be wrinkle-free to the knee or hip, depending on length of stocking.

4. Post-Procedure Steps:

    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Check on resident comfort and ask if anything else is needed.
    • Ensure the bed is low and locked. Check the brakes.
    • Place the call light or signaling device within reach of the resident.
    • Open the door and privacy curtain.
    • Perform hand hygiene.
    • Document and report application of TED hose and any skin issues, pain with movement, or other changes noted with the resident.

View a YouTube video[1] of an instructor demonstration of application of compression stockings (TED hose):


  1. Chippewa Valley Technical College. (2022, December 3). Application of Compression Stockings (TED hose). [Video]. YouTube. Video licensed under CC BY 4.0https://youtu.be/MeV0Kitfy0I


Icon for the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Nursing Assistant Copyright © by Chippewa Valley Technical College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Share This Book