Journal of Community Nursing - page 65

JCN
2013,Vol 27, No 4
65
WOUND CARE
the future, community nurses and
clinicians who work in community-
based units, such as nursing homes
and hospices, will increasingly
encounter age-related conditions
such as palliative oedema and
mixed-aetiology ulceration. It is
vital, therefore, that not only do
these clinicians have the necessary
knowledge, but that they also have
access to the correct equipment
to provide this population with
evidence-based care.
duomed soft provides a hosiery
option that is not only easy to apply,
making self-care more likely, but also
consistent mild compression in a
format that is cosmetically acceptable
to patients. In the author’s opinion,
innovative products such as duomed
soft can help to promote patient
concordance in an elderly population,
enabling more patients, who
otherwise might not have tolerated
the higher compression classes of
RAL, to be cared for at home.
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Figure 4.
duomed soft circumferences.
Table 2:
Sizes (circumference [cm]) (also, see Figure 4)
Size
S
M
L
XL
XXL
cG thigh
42-57
48-64
54-71
60-78
66-85
cC calf
28-34
32-38
36-42
40-46
44-50
cB ankle
19-21
22-24
25-27
28-30
31-34
KEY POINTS
Compression therapy is a simple
principle that, applied correctly,
can have beneficial effects.
Leg ulceration, of venous, arterial
and mixed aetiology, is a significant
problem in older people.
Oedema is a common
complication of many conditions
seen at the end of life.
It is crucial that community
clinicians understand the
psychosocial element of
compression therapy, where
patients may find it difficult to
adhere to long-term treatment
due to the commitment involved
in bandaging regimens, as well
as cosmetic considerations.
Manufacturers have developed a
number of hosiery styles to make
application easier, including
inner and outer layers, and
products that have zips.
This article looks at an innovative
type of hosiery that provides
graduated compression in a
patient-friendly design.
duomed soft provides a hosiery
option that is not only easy to
apply, making self-care more
likely, but also mild compression
in a format that is cosmetically
acceptable to patients.
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