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Vascular Compression Therapy

ActiveCare + S.F.T.®

DVT Prevention from Hospital to Home

The ActiveCare+S.F.T. System is a safe and highly effective way to improve blood flow in the veins and to help prevent DVT.1 It delivers continuous enhanced circulation therapy (C.E.C.T.) via compression to the lower legs. It works by synchronizing compression to your respiration cycle.

The ActiveCare+S.F.T. System is indicated for:

  • Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Diminishing post-operative pain and swelling
  • Reducing wound healing time
  • Patients at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and related Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Treatment of venous stasis
  • Treatment and assistance in healing: Stasis dermatitis, venous stasis ulcers, arterial and diabetic leg ulcers
  • Enhancing blood circulation
  • Treatment of chronic venous insufficiency
  • Reducing edema

Reduce DVT Risk With Synchronized Flow Technology

The ActiveCare +S.F.T. System is a portable, ambulatory, sequential intermittent pneumatic compression device (IPCD). The system includes a rechargeable battery allowing patient mobility and ease of use.

S.F.T. is a proprietary technology that determines the venous phasic flow of each patient and synchronizes compression to the patient’s individual flow pattern.

ActiveCare + S.F.T.System Flow Chart

ActiveCare Can Take Your Patients From Hospital to Home

Once patients are discharged from the hospital, they will receive the same, trusted preventative therapy. The ActiveCare+S.F.T. System is small and portable, allowing for patient mobility. Additionally, the ActiveCare system routinely monitors patient compliance, providing patients, caregivers and physicians with real time information.

Why Use ActiveCare+S.F.T.?

  • Safe and effective way to prevent DVT1,2,3
  • Clinically proven, without side effects such as serious bleeding complications5
  • Non-invasive DVT preventative treatment with high efficacy2,3 and safety1 profile, with no required blood draw at home
  • Small, portable and can be worn during normal daily activities and while you sleep, providing continuous therapy
  • Convenient and easy to return the device after prescribed use
  • Customer Care available 24/7

The instructional video below guides you through the set-up and use of the ActiveCare+S.F.T. Device

Homecare orders for ActiveCare are handled by EBI, LLC d/b/a (EBI) a nationally accredited Durable Medical Equipment Provider, and a subsidiary of Zimmer Biomet.

1. Complete Physician Order/Letter of Medical Necessity Form

2. Fax the following documents to EBI at 844-615-5268 or email them to

  • Patient Face Sheet including all demographic and insurance information. Include a copy of patient’s insurance card(s) if available
  • Copies of patient’s chart notes including history and physical, diagnosis, planned procedure and any pre-operative plan/evaluation
  • Physician Order/Letter of Medical Necessity Form



In order to ensure on-time delivery of the device, information must be transmitted two weeks in advance of the date of the surgery to ensure on-time shipping.

Please provide patients with the ActiveCare patient brochure and inform them that they will be contacted by a member of the EBI team prior to surgery.

Patient questions or concerns should be directed to the EBI 24/7 call center at 1-800-377-5804.

When the device detects a problem, the auditory indicator is sounded, and the attention indicator light flashes. The operation continues. Once the problem is fixed, the indicators switch off automatically and the main screen is displayed.


Problem Description

Steps to be taken

No treatment mode selected indication

The device fails to identify the attached sleeves during start up. The Attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded

1. Check that the sleeves and the extension tubes are securely attached, and check for kinks in the tubing.

2. If the problem persists, replace the sleeves and/or extension tubes.

3. If the problem persists, replace the device.

Device fails to turn on

Screen is blank, the indicators are off.

Turn the device off and allow the battery to recharge for at least 30 minutes before turning it on again.

Airway obstruction

The attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded.

An arrow indicates the relevant port.

1. Check sleeves and tubes for kinks.

2. If the problem persists, replace sleeves and/or extension tubes.

3. If the problem persists, replace the device.

Air leakage

The attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded.

An arrow indicates the relevant port.

1. Check connections of both sleeves and tubes.

2. If the problem persists, replace sleeves and/or extension tubes.

3. If the problem persists, replace the device.

Low battery

The attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded.

Connect the device to the wall outlet via an AC/DC adapter.

Empty battery

The device shuts down, the attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded. 

1. Connect the device to the wall outlet via an AC/DC adapter.

2. Restart the device (the auditory indicator will continue to sound until restart).

Battery or its electrical connections are damaged

Battery cannot be charged despite being connected to a wall outlet.

The device can still be operated by direct connection to the wall outlet via the AC/DC adapter.

1. Replace the battery

2. If the problem persists, replace the device.

Operation error

System attempts to restart at regular intervals. The attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded.

If restart fails, replace the device 

Operation error

Operation stops and the system attempts to restart at regular intervals. The attention indicator flashes and an auditory indicator is sounded.

If restart fails, replace the device.

No compliance display

Compliance is not calculated

Device should be replaced. However the unit can still be used even though the compliance is not recorded. The device should be used according to the prescription.

For additional assistance, our call center is available 24/7 to assist at 1-800-377-5804

How does the ActiveCare+S.F.T. system achieve a high peak venous velocity?

The ActiveCare+S.F.T. system is a lightweight, mobile and battery-powered device that monitors the natural Venous Phasic Blood Flow and triggers a compression in sync with this flow. This unique patented Synchronized Flow Technology (S.F.T.) provides significant amplification to the venous flow pulsatility with only minor changes in the device’s impact on the legs, so providing gentle pressure, which delivers an optimal hemodynamic profile tailored to the patient’s specific physiology. The production of high blood flow speed and pulsatility generated by the device, its compact size, and the fact that it can be worn 24-hours a day, give it a definite advantage over standard competing products.


How do you explain the high compliance rate of the ActiveCare+S.F.T. system in comparison to other standard IPC devices?

The ActiveCare+S.F.T. system’s portability, ease of use, and quiet operation make it possible to be used on a 24-hour basis. In our studies, patients using the ActiveCare+S.F.T. system achieved on average greater than 80% compliance, including out-patient settings.4


Can side effects such as pressure ulcers, compartment syndrome and nerve palsy occur with the ActiveCare+SFT system as with regular IPC treatment?

Although rare, such complications can also occur with the ActiveCare+S.F.T. system. Please give careful consideration to contraindications and check the skin under the sleeve at least once daily for signs of skin changes. In low risk patients the pneumatic sleeve should be removed once every 24 hours and the patient’s legs inspected. In high-risk patients (elderly, unconscious, paralyzed, or with severe known peripheral neuropathy or with continuous epidural analgesia) the legs should be inspected every eight hours. It is important to fit the correct sleeve size to the patient’s leg.


How much pressure is applied to the ActiveCare sleeves?

The ActiveCare+S.F.T. device provides 50mmHg of pressure to the patient’s limb with the calf and thigh sleeves, and 130 mmHg with the foot sleeves.


Is the carrying strap difficult to clean?

The carrying strap was designed to be easily detached for cleaning or sterilization and can be replaced. The strap is made of a nylon material which doesn’t absorb fluids. For daily maintenance it can be easily cleaned with 70% alcohol, per the instructions for use.


Are extra long tube extensions available?

There are 2 lengths of tubing available. Long tubing is 6.6 ft (2 meters) and Short tubing is 3.9 ft (1.2 meters). The shorter tubing is generally used to allow for patient mobility and comfort.

The ActiveCare+S.F.T. system uses three types of sleeves, available in different sizes. The Calf Sleeve is available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. The Thigh Sleeve is available in Small, Medium and Large. The Foot Sleeve is one single size.

Return Process for Defective Devices

If you have a defective ActiveCare+SFT device, please refer to the troubleshooting section, or consult the full Routine Checkup or troubleshooting the operation and service manual:

If the problem was not resolved, in order to return a defective EBI device or product, please refer to the Return Process steps below

  1. Complete the Zimmer Biomet Product Experience Report (PER) and submit to
  2. For patients at home a replacement device will be sent to you for continued use.
  3. For hospital owned devices, return the device and any accessories associated with the complaint.  Your device will be repaired and returned. If the device is beyond repair, you will be contacted for disposition. Be sure to place a copy of the PER inside with the product and write RGA number on the outside of the box
  4. All product returns should be sent to:

Zimmer Biomet
Attention: AC Distribution Center
399 Jefferson Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

  1. Colwell, C.W. Jr., Froimson M.I., Mont M.A., Ritter M.A., Trousdale R.T., Buehler K.C., Spitzer A., Donaldson T.K., Padgett D.E. Thrombosis prevention after total hip arthroplasty: a prospective, randomized trial comparing a mobile compression device with LMWH. J Bone Joint Surg AM 2010; 92 (3): 527-535
  2. Colwell, C.W. Jr., Froimson M.I. Anseth, S.D., Giori, N.J, Hamilton, W.G, Barrack, R.L., Buehler, K.C., Mont, M.A; Padgett, D.E., Pulido P.A.; and Barnes, C.L., Thrombosis Prevention Using a Portable Compression Device as Monotherapy in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J. Bone Joint Surg Am, 2014 Feb 05; 96 (3): 177-183
  3. Gelfer Y., Tavor H., Oron A. et al., Deep Vein Thrombosis prevention in joint arthroplasties: continuous enhanced circulation therapy vs LMWH. J Arthroplasty 2006;21(2):206-14
  4. Froimson M., Murray T., Fazekas A., Venous Thromboembolic Disease Reduction With Portable Pneumatic Compression Device. The Journal of Arthroplasty Vol. 24 No. 2 2009.

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