What are the indications for compression therapy in wound care?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Zubin J Panthaki, MD, CM, FACS, FRCSC  more...
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Consider the advisability of compression therapy. Compression is appropriate for ulcers caused or exacerbated by extremity edema. Compression may have to be avoided entirely in the presence of significant arterial inflow compromise.

Use support hose or elastic wraps with approximately 40-60 mm Hg of pressure in the absence of arterial disease and 20-30 mm Hg in the presence or suspicion of mild arterial insufficiency.


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