Compression Garments

Compression hosiery is the main stay of treatment in chronic oedema. Without the application of hosiery, any reduction from compression bandaging will be short-lived and the oedema will rebound. Before applying compression stockings, assessment of the arterial...

Prescribing Compression Hosiery

              Information required: Type (e.g.below-knee, thigh with grip-top, tights); Category British standard or Lymphoedema (sometimes referred to as ‘European’ see below); Compression class (strength) e.g. class 1...

Compression Bandaging

Compression bandaging for chronic oedema/lymphoedema in the community is adapted slightly from the multi-layered bandaging that would be done in a specialist clinic but can still be very useful. The two short film clips below were designed as a reminder to support...

Community Nurses

Welcome to the community nurses’ page. Working in the community, you will encounter a wide range of patients who present with long-term swelling, some of these will be chronic oedema, some will be lymphoedema and others will be palliative oedema or palliative...

Causes of Chronic Oedema

Chronic venous disease Prolonged dependency/immobility e.g. follwing stroke, failure to go to bed, wheelchair bound. Obesity IV drug abuse Medication side effects e.g. steroids, gabapentin, Amlodipine Significant trauma e.g. burns, degloving etc Chronic organ failure...