Other Guidelines - Devices

  The geko device for reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism    NICE medical technology guidance (MTG19) Published June 2014

The Geko device looks like a small wristwatch that is attached below the knee. It stimulates the muscles in the leg and foot and may help to reduce the risk of blood clots forming. NICE  has said that the Geko can be used for people in whom it is not possible to use other methods of preventing blood clots.

Self - monitoring coagulation status using point - of - care coagulometers for Atrial Fibrillation and heart valve disease (the Coaguchek XS system and the INRatio2 PT/INR monitor)   NICE diagnostics guidance (dg14) Published September 2014

Coagulometers are hand held devices designed to  monitor blood clotting in people taking long-term anti - blood clotting drugs(such as warfarin) to reduce their risk of blood clots. These tests allow people taking anti-blood clotting drugs to monitor blood clotting themselves. They can then change theri dose in agreement with their healthcare professional. People who prefer and are able to effectively use this type of monitoring should be given training(including carers) and their doctor should regularly assess self - monitoring.