Reliable self-application of short stretch leg compression: Pressure measurements under self-applied, adjustable compression wraps

Phlebology. 2019 Apr;34(3):208-213. doi: 10.1177/0268355518793467. Epub 2018 Aug 12.


Aim: Self-application of properly performed compression bandages is generally considered as problematic. Therefore, the aim of this study was to measure the pressure of self-applied short stretch adjustable compression wrap compression systems (Juxta fit™) and to compare the results with the pressure achieved by bandaging other legs using the same material.

Methods: In the two training courses for nurses, specifically interested in leg ulcer treatment, the new bandage type of adjustable compression wrap was explained and workshops were organized, in which the interface pressure achieved by Juxta fit™ was measured. In the first course, the nurses applied the compression system to each other, and in the second course, another group did it on their own legs. Bandagers were instructed to apply the system strongly, with a target range of more than 50-60 mmHg.

Results: In the first course with mutual application ( n = 34), the median pressure at the medial lower leg was 58.5 mmHg (minimal 31, maximal value 137 mmHg), in the second course in which self-application was tested ( n = 36), the corresponding values were 61.5 mmHg (minimum 35, maximum 102 mmHg). No pressures less than 30 mmHg were seen on the distal calf in either group.

Conclusions: In contrast to short stretch bandages that are frequently applied by bandagers with too low pressure, the adjustable compression wrap devices handled by the patients themselves produce more appropriate and more consistent pressure.

Keywords: Inelastic compression; adjustable compression wraps; compression pressure; self-application.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Compression Bandages*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Varicose Ulcer / pathology
  • Varicose Ulcer / physiopathology
  • Varicose Ulcer / therapy*