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What type of compression is best for healing venous leg ulcers?

  • What type of compression is best for healing venous leg ulcers?

    Posted by admin on May 28, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    What type of compression is best for healing venous leg ulcers?

    It is well established that the use of “compression” is the gold standard for healing venous leg ulcers (VLUs). But what type of compression is best and how much compression should be delivered? Additionally, there are several variables in play when trying to determine the correct choice for a patient.

    This chart provides guidance on the type of compression to use during the wound healing process of a venous leg ulcer.

    Multi-Layer Systems: Open VLU w/Heavy Exudate & Edema, Open VLU w/Moderate Exudate & Edema, Open VLU w/Low Exudate & Edema

    Adjustable Wraps: Open VLU w/Moderate Exudate & Edema, Open VLU w/Low Exudate & Edema, Closed VLU w/ CVI

    Elastic Stockings: Open VLU w/Low Exudate & Edema, Closed VLU w/ CVI

    Pneumatic Pumps: Open VLU w/Moderate Exudate & Edema, Open VLU w/Low Exudate & Edema, Closed VLU w/ CVI

    When to use a compression wrap versus multi-layer compression
    systems?

    Inelastic compression garments have some key advantages over a multi-layer application. Most notably, compression wraps like the circaid® juxtalite® and juxtalite hd are long-term compression products to last the patient and clinician throughout the wound-healing treatment and beyond. Due to the hook-and-loop (Velcro®-like) application, a garment can be adjusted and reapplied while compression products can migrate during activity, providing better therapy throughout the day. In addition, inelastic garments can be washed and dried, allowing for long-term wear of at least 6 months, which is a tremendous value on a cost-per-application basis.

    The following chart shows the core compression therapy products for the treatment of venous leg ulcers and the attributes to be considered when choosing the appropriate product. Other factors to be considered include: exudate and edema levels, wound stage and patient ability.

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