Compression Bandages Essay

10245 Words Mar 9th, 2013 41 Pages
Aim: To search and critically review research literature, concerning management and technique of compression bandaging.

Background: Compression bandaging is required for venous leg ulcers, which is due to damage and loss of skin above the ankle that is the result of a problem with the veins in the leg. Although leg ulcers are not a life-threatening condition, it can have considerable effects, not only on health, but also on the quality of life, self-esteem and healthcare cost.

Method: Extended literature review, to extrapolate best available evidence, in order to address the focus question. Computerised and manual searches of previous literature were used; refining searches by means of constantly re-evaluating inclusion
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It will then critically discuss, the material analysed, focusing on the two main themes that emerged. That technique of applying compression bandages and the management of venous leg ulcers with graduating external compression bandages. Reflection on practice and implications for practice will also be addressed and the review will conclude by summarising the main points of analysis.

The appropriate management of venous leg ulcers is a continuing challenge to Healthcare Professionals, despite the publication of numerous useful management guidelines and systematic reviews.

Approximately 70% (British Medical Journal (BMJ) 2000) of the general population suffer from a poorly healing ulcer of the lower extremity in their lifetime. More effective management strategies are required which are based on the results of randomised, controlled trials, improved organisational structures and multi-disciplinary co-operation. In addition, it is vital that any evidence-based recommendations are widely disseminated and easily implemented to maximise benefits to patients.

Leg ulcers continue to be a big problem for both patients and health service resources. The majority of ulcers are related with venous disease, but other contributing factors include immobility, obesity, trauma and arterial disease, vasculitis, diabetes and neoplasia. In the United Kingdom (UK), venous leg ulceration has been

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