Compression therapy is considered the gold standard of care for managing patient's lower extremity oedema and venous leg ulcers, also referred to as venous stasis ulcers.1
3M advanced the science of compression therapy by creating materials engineered to deliver Intelligent Compression Dynamics to provide comfortable, therapeutic compression for the management of venous leg ulcers. 3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System provides a comfortable, rigid sleeve that consistently delivers the right amount of compression to reduce oedema.
Your patients can wear normal clothing and shoes because the patented interlocking materials are designed to reduce the potential for uncomfortable slipping or bunching. 3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System is much less bulky compared to 4 layer compression systems.
Chronic oedema can occur at any age but is most prevalent in those aged over 65 years due to changes in the lymphatics caused by chronic venous disease, heart disease, orthopaedic surgery, dependency, immobility and infection. (Moffatt et al, 2003).
Lymphoedema is a swelling that develops as a result of an impaired lymphatic system. This may be as a result of the lymphatic system not developing properly or through damage or trauma. Lymphoedema can occur anywhere in the body, at multiple sites or localised.
3M has developed a system to help improve lives by effectively reducing oedema, allowing mobility and reducing pain.
Learn more about Lymphoedema and Chronic Oedema Management
Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs) affect nearly 3 million people worldwide, posing significant challenges to patients and healthcare systems. In this 4-part video series, Dr. John M. Macdonald MD, FACS, who is extensively involved in clinical and research aspects of wound care and Lymphoedema, discusses an overview of VLUs, assessment and diagnosis of VLUs, VLU Best Practices, and Compression Therapy.
Compression therapy is known to significantly increase venous leg ulcer healing rates and reduce the risk of recurrence.2-3 But compression therapy remains underused. To drive deeper understanding and wider adoption of compression therapy, an international group of experts in leg ulcers and venous disease developed a simplified approach presented as an ABC of the management of VLUs.
Published study showing clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of using a two-layer cohesive compression bandage (TLCCB; Coban 2) compared with a two-layer compression system (TLCS; Ktwo) and a four-layer compression system (FLCS; Profore) in treating venous leg ulcers (VLUs) in clinical practice in the UK, from the perspective of the National Health Service (NHS).
Read case studies from local clinicians on the use of Coban 2 Layer Compression Bandaging for the treatment and management of VLUs, lymphoedema and chronic oedema.
3M Health Care Academy provides you with access to thought leaders, peers, educational content and product training that translate knowledge into positive health outcomes. We offer a wide range of wound and compression courses, modules, webcasts and case studies to enhance your educational experience.
1. Harding K, et al. Simplifying venous leg ulcer management. Consensus recommendations. Wounds International 2015.
2. O'Meara S, Cullum N, Nelson EA, Dumville JC. Compression for venous leg ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012; 11: CD000265.
3. Nelson EA, Bell-Syer SE. Compression for preventing recurrence of venous ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2014; 9: CD002303