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Ask the expert: how do I prepare the limb for effective compression?

3rd May 2016

In each issue of JCN a clinical expert in a particular field is asked to take a look at a therapy area and examine some everyday problems that community nurses may experience. This piece looks at an important precursor to compression therapy and asks how does the clinician prepare the limb for effective compression?

Compression therapy is the ‘gold standard’ for patients with lower limb problems. But achieving success is about more than simply applying compression bandaging or hosiery. This article features Trudie Young, tissue viability nurse and director of education and training at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, who looks at how to ensure that the limb is properly prepared to receive compression, a process that involves assessment, good skin care and debridement.

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