A compression bandage is a stretchable bandage that creates localized pressure. It is commonly used for injuries, sprains, and strains to reduce the blood flow to the affected area, which reduces swelling. It is also referred to as an elastic bandage, compression wrap, and bandage wrap. Compression bandages are also used for first-aid and the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevate) method.
You may use a compression bandage for:
Choosing the right size bandage is essential to prevent blood circulation from being cut off. The general rule is ‘the wider the bandage, the lesser chance of obstructing blood flow. Compression bandages range from 2" to 6". A 6" bandage wrap is suitable for the chest, torso, or thigh. 3" to 4" elastic wraps are ideal for an adult leg or arm, and a 2" bandage is best for children's arms or legs and adult fingers.
When using an elastic compression bandage, it is important to apply the correct pressure. Wrapping a compression bandage gets tricky on different parts of the body. The method of using a compression bandage for the knee will differ from a compression bandage for the wrist. It is also essential to note that one compression bandage cannot be used for every body part. The size of a compression bandage for the thigh will be different than a compression bandage for the wrist. These bandages are available in light, medium, and strong compression levels. When wrapped, the bandage should fit snugly yet comfortably, not too tight or too loose. It should never cause pain, numbness, or tingling. The skin should never become cold or turn blue.
HPFY carries a wide range of compression bandages for wound management. Some of our top sellers are:
FSA ApprovedThis four-layer bandage kit includes an absorbent padding bandage, a conformable bandage, a compression bandage, and a self-adherent cohesive bandage. All four rolls are self-adhering and stretchable. These bandages apply more pressure at the ankle and less pressure on the calf to direct the blood flow upwards in the leg. The first layer is the loosest, with increasing tightness with each layer. Wearable for up to a week at a time, these bandages are ideal for patients with an ankle circumference of 18cm or 7-8 inches.
FSA ApprovedThe Cardinal Health 3-layer compression bandage applies optimal compression on areas where full compression is not possible due to arterial damage. The kit includes an absorbent padding bandage, a conformable bandage, and a self-adherent cohesive bandage. The conformable bandage absorbs the exudate and conforms to the shape of the leg to prepare it for pressure dressing. The absorbent padding bandage does the dual job of absorbing exudate in addition to protecting the body areas. The last layer of the cohesive bandage applies compression and stabilizes the leg.
FSA ApprovedThe Medline Matrix bandages are ideal for treating conditions that require low compression. They are made with polyester and cotton weave that provides excellent elasticity and recoverability. These bandages can be used to administer first-aid as they securely hold the dressings and splints in one place. Their latex-free construction enables them to be used on sensitive skin. These Medline bandages come in different widths with color codes for easy size identification.
FSA ApprovedThe 3M ACE Bandage comes in different widths for the abdomen, ankle, back, calf, elbow, foot, knee, shoulder, and wrist. It provides mild compression to the muscles and joints and conforms to the body shape. Synthetic rubber, cotton, and polyester build and maintain elasticity despite multiple uses and washes. The bandage inhibits bacterial growth to reduce odor and retains body heat to relieve pain.
FSA ApprovedThe BSN Tensoplast bandage is ideal for medium compression and provides optimal pressure and long-term support. Its superior stretch and regain properties render it super-flexible. It features strong adhesive properties that keep the bandage secure and in place. The elastic construction allows the user to stretch the bandage without losing its original shape. Its fluffy edges ensure that the threads of the bandage do not get separated and the bandage does not fold during usage. The bandage's water-repellent nature, accompanied by air permeability, takes care of the user's skin and prevents maceration.
A compression wrap is helpful with swelling, venous ulcers, and other problems characterized by swelling and require compression. However, the compression level and the method of wrapping the bandage can vary with every injury or sprain and specific body part. A properly wrapped compression bandage can help the injury heal faster, but if you feel pain, numbness, or tightness, remove the bandage and re-wrap the injured area.
If you have any underlying condition that is making your situation worse, it is highly recommended you consider consulting a doctor to address the issue.
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