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Solutions for Managing Chronic Edema and Venous Leg Ulcers

  • Compression Systems

    3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System is designed to reduce application variability for consistent compression every time (PDF, 320 KB)

    Compression therapy is considered the gold standard of care for managing patient's lower extremity edema and venous leg ulcers, also referred to as venous stasis ulcers.1

    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.

    Your 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.


Smart Compression for VLU Management: Video Series

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.

Clinical outcomes and Cost-effectiveness of three alternative compression systems used in the management of venous leg ulcers

To assess clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of using a two-layer cohesive compression bandage (TLCCB; Coban 2) compared with a two-layer compression system (TLCS; Ktwo) and a four-layer compression system (FLCS; Profore) in treating venous leg ulcers (VLUs) in clinical practice in the UK, from the perspective of the National Health Service (NHS).

Understanding and Managing Venous Leg Ulcers

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

Venous Leg Ulcers in the News

News stories to help you understand venous leg ulcers and how and why compression therapy works

  • Compression Therapy


    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)

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