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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 275--282

Compression therapy for ulcers: The science and the art

Sanwari Bai Surgical Centre, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Shashi B Gogia
Sanwari Bai Surgical Centre, 28/31 Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: Some of the material (Compression pumps only, not the others) mentioned as part of the treatment provided in the case reports are sold through a company owned by one author ( ARG).

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.101296

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Introduction: Chronic ulcers are characterized by being resistant to all forms of treatment. Recent improvement in compression techniques, notably use of multilayer bandaging has created a need for a re-look into it's use. Materials and Methods: The authors present two case reports of successful management of chronic ulcers using compression through bandaging where all other forms of treatment had failed. This is followed by a review of literature based on previous articles as well as more recent ones found through Pubmed. Conclusion: It is suggested that, at least in India, compression through proper multilayer bandaging, should be a choice far higher in the treatment ladder than so previously. However, if the technique is improper, it may be harmful so the option is to be exercised with care and only by those who have received adequate training. The need of a team approach, and alongside, wider introduction of more and better training facilities for therapists and nurses is underlined.


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