Approaches to the application and removal of compression therapy: A literature review Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Compression therapy is used in the treatment of venous disorders, lymphoedema and burns. Adherence to compression therapy is reported to be poor, due to a number of factors, including difficulty in applying and removing the compression garments. A literature review was conducted to identify aids, equipment and other approaches to ease the application and removal of compression therapy garments. Some 12 studies were identified. Most studies focused on chronic venous insufficiency and venous ulcers. Four methods of easing compression garment application and removal were identified: (1) devices to assist in application and removal; (2) altered compression stocking design; (3) adjustable compression wrap devices; and (4) education. Patients prescribed compression therapy should be educated on how to apply and remove the compression garments, and have application devices made available to them.

publication date

  • 2017