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Compression Therapy: Indications, Types, and Application

February 11, 2021
Compression therapy is a well-established treatment modality for a number of conditions, including venous disorders, thrombosis, lymphedema, and lipedema. It is also very effective in treating various kinds of edema.1 Based on patient diagnostic data, many patients with these conditions can benefit from targeted compression therapy.
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Lymphedema Treatment Act: Where Are We At?

May 22, 2023
By Janet Wolfson, PT, CLWT, CWS, CLT-LANA I have blogged in the past about the Lymphedema Treatment Act (LTA), and I'm happy to report that the LTA is now a federal law, which was passed on December 23, 2022, by the 117th Congress. It will amend Sec. 1861 [42 USC 1395x] of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for compression supplies that are “conservative, time-proven cornerstones of lymphedema treatment.”

Review: Early Endovenous Ablation in Venous Ulceration

April 22, 2019
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Journal Review Club Editor's note: This post is part of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) journal review club blog series. In each blog post, a TUSPM student will review a journal article relevant to wound management and related topics and provide their evaluation of the clinical research therein. Article Title: A Randomized Trial of Early Endovenous Ablation in Venous Ulceration Authors: Gohel, Manjit; Heatly, Francine; Liu, Xinxue; Bradbury, Andrew; Bulbulia, Richard; Cullum, Nicky; Epstein, David; Nyamekye, Isaac; Poskitt, Keith; Renton, Sophie; Warwick, Jane; Davies, Alun Journal: N Engl J Med Reviewed by: Kyle Miller, Class of 2020, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
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STRIDE: Do You Know the Essentials of Compression Therapy Device Selection?

November 30, 2022
STRIDE, which stands for shape, texture, refill, issues, dosage, and etiology, provides a comprehensive guide for selecting compression garments and wraps. It is a resource for new clinicians and an excellent review for advanced practitioners.
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The Challenge of Lower Extremity Wounds – Venous Stasis Ulcers, Part 1

April 20, 2017
By Martin D. Vera, LVN, CWS Wound clinicians across the nation (and the world) are commonly faced with the difficult task of managing lower extremity wounds. Lower extremity wounds come in many different forms. We are not faced with a generic type, but several—in fact, we never know what we'll be presented with day-to-day.
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The Rap on Wrapping: 10 Tips for Effectively Bandaging a Wound

October 12, 2017
By Margaret Heale RN, MSc, CWOCN Wrapping wounds is an art, and hence, it comes easily to some and more difficult to others. This post won't make you a wound dressing artist, but it does provide some tips for good bandaging techniques. The word "bandage" (in the US) often refers to a primary dressing, so "wrap" better describes a bandage that is long, narrow, and may be used to secure a primary dressing or obtain graduated compression on a limb.
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To Compress or Not to Compress: Practical Tips for Treating Lower Extremity Ulcers

January 20, 2023
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON-AP, FACCWS Terry Treadwell, MD, FACS We all know that compression therapy is the “gold standard” for the treatment of venous leg ulcers. However, how do we know if we should apply compression, how much compression, and what type of compression?
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Wounds Secondary to Sleep Position Part 2: Using Mattresses and Other Modalities to Prevent Pressure Injuries

June 14, 2022
For the patient, the prevention of sores and injuries is better than treating them. Pressure-relieving mattresses may be essential for preventing pressure injuries (bed sores). These mattresses aid in relieving and redistributing pressure and can thereby cause a reduction of friction and shearing. Pressure-relieving mattresses provide support for the body and reduce the amount of force applied to a given area. Thus, for bedbound patients and patients who are unable to reposition themselves, these types of beds can be especially beneficial.

Wounds Secondary to Sleeping Position Part 1: Recognizing Pressure Injuries Secondary to Sleeping Position

June 13, 2022
Heel pressure injuries and various forms of ulcers are easy to identify, but are you overlooking sleeping position as a cause for wounds in other locations? Do you have a wound you are sure is venous but has normal venous insufficiency testing results and fails to respond to compression? Can pressure while sleeping slow or stop healing in your patients with venous and arterial wounds? Do you ask patients about their sleeping position in your history taking and physical examination? After reading this article, you will be able to ask patients about their sleeping habits and heal more wounds with that knowledge
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