Compression therapy is considered the standard of care for managing lower extremity edema and venous ulceration.
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 edema.
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.
3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System is designed to reduce application variability for consistent compression every time.
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 Lymphedema, discusses an overview of VLUs, assessment and diagnosis of VLUs, VLU Best Practices, and Compression Therapy.
It has been shown that venous leg ulcers can have a devastating impact on your patient. 81% of patients with venous leg ulcers experience decreased mobility, and 50% report severely limited mobility. Additionally, 68% of patients with impaired mobility experience fear, anger, depression and social isolation. 2
Compression therapy is known to significantly increase venous leg ulcer healing rates and reduce the risk of recurrence.3-4 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.
Reducing the pain and discomfort of venous leg ulcers—and managing the chronic edema that can lead to their development—doesn’t have to be complicated for you or your patients. 3M’s four-step solution can help you deliver effective, standardized management.
In a study of patients whose venous leg ulcers had not responded to conventional compression bandaging, 3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System was found to achieve faster reduction in edema, pain, and exudation with each clinic assessment than traditional multi-layer compression systems. Seventy-five percent of patients reduced their ulcer surface area between 30-40% within the four week trial period.1
1. Bain G. Evaluation of new bandage system to improve wound healing outcomes for patients with problematic venous leg ulcers. Data on file. 3M, 2008.Available here (PDF, 1721 KB)
Studies show that 3M show that the 3M Coban 2 Layer Compression System when applied as directed, provides safe and effective compression that doesn’t disrupt daily living.1 If you’re interested in evaluating this technology we’re committed to providing you a free sample and the support needed for you to apply it correctly.
Learn about the vital role compression plays in healing lower extremity wounds.
1. Harding K, et al. Simplifying venous leg ulcer management. Consensus recommendations. Wounds International 2015.
2. Brem H, Kirsner RS, Falanga V. Protocol for the successful management of venous ulcers. Am J Surg 2004 Jul; 188 (1A Suppl):1-8.
3. O'Meara S, Cullum N, Nelson EA, Dumville JC. Compression for venous leg ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012; 11: CD000265.
4. Nelson EA, Bell-Syer SE. Compression for preventing recurrence of venous ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2014; 9: CD002303.
5. Bain G. Evaluation of new bandage system to improve wound healing outcomes for patients with problematic venous leg ulcers. Data on file. 3M, 2008. Available here (PDF, 1.68 MB)