Design and development of novel bandages for compression therapy

Rajendran, Subbiyan ORCID: 0000-0001-5321-0085 and Anand, Subhash (2003) Design and development of novel bandages for compression therapy. British Journal of Nursing, 12 (6). S20-S29. ISSN 0966-0461

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Abstract

During the past few years there have been increasing concerns relating to the performance of bandages, especially their pressure distribution properties for the treatment of venous leg ulcers. This is because compression therapy is a complex system and requires two or multilayer bandages, and the performance properties of each layer differs from other layers. The widely accepted sustained graduated compression mainly depends on the uniform pressure distribution of different layers of bandages, in which textile fibres and bandage structures play a major role. This article examines how the fibres, fibre blends and structures influence the absorption and pressure distribution properties of bandages. It is hoped that the research findings will help medical professionals, especially nurses, to gain an insight into the development of bandages. A total of 12 padding bandages have been produced using various fibres and fibre blends. A new technique that would facilitate good resilience and cushioning properties, higher and more uniform pressure distribution and enhanced water absorption and retention was adopted during the production. It has been found that the properties of developed padding bandages, which include uniform pressure distribution around the leg, are superior to existing commercial bandages and possess a number of additional properties required to meet the criteria stipulated for an ideal padding bandage. Results have indicated that none of the mostly used commercial padding bandages provide the required uniform pressure distribution around the limb.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was originally published in British Journal of Nursing, 2003 (Tissue viability supplement),published by and copyright Mark Allen Publishing.
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:52
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 10:47
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48

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