Dermatology (Skin conditions)

Compression Bandages

Contact: 0191 282 4485 - Dermatology Department

Application of Compression Bandages
This leaflet has been produced to provide you with information about applying a compression bandage, and aims to answer any questions that you may have.

What are compression bandages used for?
The bandages are used not only to reduce leg swelling (oedema), but also to improve the circulation/blood flow in your legs.

What equipment will I need when applying the compression bandage?
• Emollient/moisturiser
• Cream/ointment prescribed by the doctor/nurse
• A non adhesive dressing
• Gauze
• Padding (softban/velband - two rolls for each leg)
• Tubinette 78 (two metres for each leg)
• Compression bandage

How do I apply the compression bandage?
• Apply the emollient to any dry skin.
• If prescribed, apply the cream/ointment to the affected area.
• Cover the affected area with the non-adhesive dressing and then apply gauze over this to soak up any excess fluid.
• Halve the length of tubinette and cover the dressing with this, taking the tubinette up to the knee.
• Starting at the toes, use the softban to pad the leg up to the knee. This is used as protection and should be applied as a spiral up the leg.
• Apply the compression bandage as directed (approximately half stretch) from the base of the toes to just below the knee. Cover half the bandage width with each spiral turn.
• Cover the bandage with the remaining tubinette and secure with tape if desired.

• The compression bandage should feel firm but not too tight.
• Regularly observe your toes for any signs of discolouration or pain in your legs. If you experience either, the bandage should be removed and you should contact the Dermatology Department for advice on the numbers below.

Between 8.30 am - 5.00 pm Telephone 0191 282 4485
Between 5.00 pm - 8.30 am Telephone 0191 282 5599

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