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What is a Compression Bandage?

A compression bandage is also known as an elastic bandage. These bandages form an essential part of first aid kits and are used extensively in hospitals and medical care facilities. They can be used to limit blood flow to a wounded area or hold a dressing in place, or can be used to provide compression in case of strains and sprains.

Features of Compression Bandages

  • These bandages are made up of polyester, cotton and elasticated yarn. These materials are used in varying amounts to produce bandages that differ in compression and stretch.
  • Tubular compression bandages are good for edema, strains, sprains, rib cage injuries etc. These bandages are designed to provide a consistent pressure while conforming to the body contours to help control the swelling and pain.
  • Tubular compression stockinettes can be used to secure bandages, for compression, protection, and padding.
  • Elastic adhesive bandages are made up of flexible fabric that is designed to cling to itself and does not require any Velcro or clip to fasten. Along with regular sports injuries, strains and sprains, it can also be used for contusions to reduce internal bleeding and for limiting swelling.
  • Securing hot packs or cold packs to the skin over the injured part can be aided by adhesive elasticated bandages. They are easy to work with and cling to the body without the need for frequent adjustments. Compression bandages are also used for lymphedema control. They reduce the swelling caused due to edema.

Some Do's and Don'ts for Compression Bandages

  • Elastic bandages should only be used up to 24-48 hours after injury.
  • You can combine rest and ice and elevation with compression for most sports injuries.
  • Do combine rest and elevation with compression whenever possible.
  • You should avoid applying cold packs with compression bandages to avoid frost bites. They are best applied separately.
  • Avoid wrapping bandage too tightly. You do not want to block the circulation altogether.
  • Elastic bandages are not meant for support they only provide compression. In order to immobilize a wound use splints not compression bandage.

Compression Bandage FAQs

  • How long should you keep a compression bandage on

    On an average, compression bandages are kept on for about 48-72 hrs. It is recommended to contact a family physician for further instructions.

  • Should I keep a compression bandage on overnight?

    Please remove compression bandages at night while sleeping for best results. If the doctor has adviced against, it is mandatory to make sure the bandage provides a snug fit and is not restricting blood flow.

  • How does compression help swelling?

    Applying pressure to an injury helps reduce swelling by restricting the flow of blood and other fluids.

  • What to keep in mind while using a compression bandage?

    The bandage should be snug, but it must not cut off circulation. If the bandage is wrapped around your foot or ankle, check your toes or if it's around your wrist, check your fingers. If they become purplish or blue, cool to the touch, or numb or tingly, then the wrap is too tight and should be loosened. Make sure to loosen the wrap at night before bedtime or remove it as prescribed.

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Popular Compression Bandages

Compression bandages provide high resistance to stretch that is caused due to pressure from internal muscle tightening and joint movement. The elasticated bandages that are mostly referred by medical and sports professionals include Cardinal Health Self-Adherent Bandages that come in various sizes and sticks to itself for great performance or the Medline Unna-Z Unna Boot Bandages that are designed to provide light compression for venous leg ulcers. Medline Matrix Elastic Bandages provide Velcro closure mechanism and is ideal for low compression requirements.

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