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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | June 2015

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Ask the expert: How do I prepare the limb for effective compression?

Ask the expert: How do I prepare the limb for effective compression?
Ask the expert

Article topics: Compression Therapy

In each issue of JCN we ask a clinical expert in a particular field to take a look at a therapy area and examine some everyday problems that community nurses may experience. In this issue, we look at an important precursor to compression therapy...

Compression therapy is the ‘gold standard’ for patients with lower limb problems. But achieving success is about more than simply applying compression bandaging or hosiery. We asked Trudie Young, tissue viability nurse and director of education and training at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, how to ensure that the limb is properly prepared to receive compression, a process that involves assessment, good skin care and debridement.