CNA Training Skills: Applying Anti-Embolism Stockings

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After CNA training, you will be required to help your patients apply their anti-embolism stockings. These stockings are often used with patients who are non-ambulatory or who have recently recovered from surgery. They encourage the normal function of an individual’s lymphatic system and venous system in their legs to prevent the pooling of blood.





While these stockings are necessary after CNA training, it can be awkward and nerve-racking to actually apply them. This is especially true if you have just completed your CNA training and don’t have much experience. You may find it difficult to touch another individual’s feet, or you may be afraid of hurting the patient when you take the stockings on or off.


The one thing you should know, however, is that these fears are common. Almost everyone who completes CNA training worries about how accomplish this skill. By taking the time to practice on your own time, though, and following these specific instructions after CNA training, you will find that helping your patients don their anti-embolism stockings is something you can easily do.

After CNA Training: How to Apply Anti-Embolism Stockings


  • When you enter the patient’s room to apply stockings after CNA training, wash your hands and gather up your supplies. Then you can greet the patient and explain to them exactly what you plan to do, and let them know how they can assist you with the procedure.


  • Make sure you have the right size stockings for your patient. Also make sure the patient is not allergic to latex before you apply them, as many of the stockings have elastic in them that contains latex.


  • Ask the patient to lie down on his or her back. You can also assist them if they are unable to lie down on their own. In CNA training, you should have learned that this position is known as the supine position, and it is the best position for applying stockings.


  • Feel the patient’s feet  and legs to make sure they are completely dry. If not, you may use talcum powder or baby powder. As you learned in CNA training, the dryer their feet and legs are, the easier it will be to apply the stockings.


  • Gather up the stocking’s fabric with your hand and place it on the patient’s foot.


  • Roll the stocking up the leg like you were taught in CNA training, using gentle but firm force until the stocking reaches the patient’s knees.


  • Examine the stocking thoroughly to check for any tears or wrinkles. These can be extremely uncomfortable for patients and can lead to sores if not cared for. Also be sure the patient’s foot is placed correctly in the stocking by looking at the heel and toes.


  • Help the patient move into a sitting or standing position if he or she wishes to and make sure they are comfortable. Position their call light, water, and personal items are within reach, then remove your gloves and wash your hands thoroughly like you learned in CNA training.


Applying Stockings After CNA Training


Anti-embolism stockings serve a necessary and important purpose. Make sure you know how to apply them and are comfortable with the process after CNA training.

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