One size does not fit all when it comes to compression.
What is a venous leg ulcer?
A venous leg ulcer is a wound to the lower leg that is slow to heal because the veins don’t carry the blood back up the leg as well.
What is bariatrics?
The branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of obesity.
When it comes to treating venous leg ulcers, the traditional method has been to use multi-layered compression bandages.
This works well for many clients, however there can be issues with compression bandages when it comes to applying them to bariatric clients.
Due to the size of their legs and reduced mobility, it can be difficult for a nurse to apply a compression bandage and the bandages are prone to slipping, making it uncomfortable for the client and can cause further trauma to the injury.
Thanks to the award-winning research lead by Silver Chain Nurse Practitioner in Wounds and Ostomy, Gordana Petkovska, there is now a suitable alternative.
“We found compression wraps worked just as well, and in some cases better for bariatric clients,” Ms Petkovska said.
“Our clients found them to be more comfortable and our nurses said they were much easier and quicker to apply. They are also lower in cost than traditional compression bandages, which is always an advantage.”
Silver Chain now has a protocol in Western Australia that allows us to treat bariatric clients with wraps if necessary.
Congratulations to Gordana and her team who are responsible for this innovation and who also won the Rapid Fire Research Presentation award at the 2017 Australian Council of Nurse Practitioners Conference in September for their work.