Multi-layered graduated compression bandage systems are used primarily to treat Lymphedema as well as venous or stasis leg ulcers. Regardless of the number of layers, each is designed specifically to work together to provide continuous gradient pressure. (read more)
In addition to differences in the number of layers, some systems come in "lite" or Latex-free models and are appropriate where the patient has a smaller ankle or lower ABI (the ratio of the blood pressure in the lower legs to the blood pressure in the arms) or where they may have skin sensitivities to Latex. Two layer systems were designed to provide continuous gradient compression but with a thinner, lower profile than 3 or 4 layer systems which allows the patient greater choice of footwear options.
The first, or inner layer of a multi-layered graduated compression bandage system, generally consists of a "comfort" layer which provides padding to the skin and helps to absorb any wound exudate. Succeeding layers may include a light support bandage, outer compressive bandage and exterior cohesive bandage which helps hold the layers in place.
Chronic venous insufficiency is an advanced venous disease and is the most common cause of lower extremity ulceration in the United States. Compression therapy remains the primary form of treating and managing the disease, with the goal of helping to promote the healing of ulcers, and reducing edema and pain. Multi-layer bandaging can also be used for treatment and management of venous insufficiency and edema in cases where patients are unable to wear gradient compression hosiery.