BACKGROUND: Compression bandages appear to be simple medical devices. However, there is a lack of agreement over their classification and confusion over the use of important terms such as elastic, inelastic, and stiffness. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to propose terms to describe both simple and complex compression bandage systems and to offer classification based on in vivo measurements of subbandage pressure and stiffness. METHODS: A consensus meeting of experts including members from medical professions and from companies producing compression products discussed a proposal that was sent out beforehand and agreed on by the authors after correction. RESULTS: Pressure, layers, components, and elastic properties (P-LA-C-E) are the important characteristics of compression bandages. Based on simple in vivo measurements, pressure ranges and elastic properties of different bandage systems can be described. Descriptions of composite bandages should also report the number of layers of bandage material applied to the leg and the components that have been used to create the final bandage system. CONCLUSION: Future descriptions of compression bandages should include the subbandage pressure range measured in the medial gaiter area, the number of layers, and a specification of the bandage components and of the elastic property (stiffness) of the final bandage.

dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2007.34116.x, hdl.handle.net/1765/30167
Dermatologic Surgery
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Partsch, H, Clark, M, Mosti, G, Steinlechner, E, Schuren, J.F.H.M, Abel, M, … Zimmet, S. (2008). Classification of compression bandages: Practical aspects. In Dermatologic Surgery (Vol. 34, pp. 600–609). doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.2007.34116.x