Ease of Application of Medical Compression-stocking Systems for the Treatment of Venous Ulcers

Willenberg, Torsten Andreas; Lun, Bertrand; Amsler, Felix; Baumgartner, Iris (2010). Ease of Application of Medical Compression-stocking Systems for the Treatment of Venous Ulcers. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery EJVES, 40(1), pp. 129-133. London: Elsevier 10.1016/j.ejvs.2010.02.022

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ease of application of two-piece, graduated, compression systems for the treatment of venous ulcers. METHODS: Four kits used to provide limb compression in the management of venous ulcers were evaluated. These have been proven to be non-inferior to various types of bandages in clinical trials. The interface pressure exerted above the ankle by the under-stocking and the complete compression system and the force required to pull the over-stocking off were assessed in vitro. Ease of application of the four kits was evaluated in four sessions by five nurses who put stockings on their own legs in a blinded manner. They expressed their assessment of the stockings using a series of visual analogue scales (VASs). RESULTS: The Sigvaris Ulcer X((R)) kit provided a mean interface pressure of 46 mmHg and required a force in the range of 60-90 N to remove it. The Mediven((R)) ulcer kit exerted the same pressure but required force in the range of 150-190 N to remove it. Two kits (SurePress((R)) Comfort and VenoTrain((R)) Ulcertec) exerted a mean pressure of only 25 mmHg and needed a force in the range of 100-160 N to remove them. Nurses judged the Ulcer X and SurePress kits easiest to apply. Application of the VenoTrain kit was found slightly more difficult. The Mediven kit was judged to be difficult to use. CONCLUSIONS: Comparison of ease of application of compression-stocking kits in normal legs revealed marked differences between them. Only one system exerted a high pressure and was easy to apply. Direct comparison of these compression kits in leg-ulcer patients is required to assess whether our laboratory findings correlate with patient compliance and ulcer healing.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Mu50 > Forschungsgruppe Angiologie
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Angiology

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Willenberg, Torsten Andreas and Baumgartner, Iris


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








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04 Oct 2013 14:07

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