Evaluation of the performance of a new compression system in patients with lymphoedema

Franks, P.J., Moffatt, C.J., Murray, S., Reddick, M., Tilley, A. and Schreiber, A. (2013) Evaluation of the performance of a new compression system in patients with lymphoedema. International Wound Journal, 10(2), pp. 203-209. (doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.00958.x)

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In the acute phase of lymphoedema, patients require comprehensive decongestive therapy (CDT), which includes skin care, an exercise regimen, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and regular bandaging. This study was established to determine the effectiveness of a new system of bandage therapy, the 3M™ Coban™ 2 compression system. In total, 24 patients were entered into the study (12 from UK and 12 from Canada) with a variety of clinical presentations. The mean age of the groups was 57·4 years, which varied from 26 to 79 years. Body mass index (BMI) averaged 38·9 kg/m(2) , with a range from 22·7 to 67·5 kg/m(2) . Of the total, eight were women with arm lymphoedema, the remainder being men and women with lymphoedema of the lower limb. All were considered to be in need of CDT. After 19 days, the reduction of limb volume was measured, which indicated a mean limb volume reduction of 1210 ml (95% confidence interval, CI, 780-1641, P < 0·001). Leg affected patients experienced greater reduction than arm affected patients (1596 ml versus 438 ml), although both groups experienced significant reduction in limb volumes (both P < 0·001). Mean percentage changes in limb volume were 14·9% and 16·1% for legs and arms, respectively. The Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile questionnaire indicated significant improvement in symptoms considered important by the patient (P < 0·0001), which also led to improvements in skin quality by reducing skin thickness and firmness. The Coban 2 compression system provides good oedema reduction in both arms and legs to reduce limb volume and improvements in symptoms associated with lymphoedema.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Franks, Professor Peter
Authors: Franks, P.J., Moffatt, C.J., Murray, S., Reddick, M., Tilley, A., and Schreiber, A.
Subjects:R Medicine > RL Dermatology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:International Wound Journal
ISSN (Online):1742-481X
Published Online:20 March 2012

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