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Venous Leg Ulcer (VLU) Solutions

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Chronic but curable: healing venous leg ulcers

It’s a pervasive problem for patients and providers. Venous leg ulcers (VLUs), the most common type of lower extremity wound, afflict approximately 1% of the western population and burden the healthcare system.¹ But there’s hope. Through better therapies and best practices — we can help put patients back on their feet.

Statistics surrounding Venous Leg Ulcers

Learn more about VLUs

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1. O’Meara S, Cullum N, Nelson EA, Dumville JC. Compression for venous leg ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012.
2. Rice, J. B., Desai, U., Cummings, A. K. G., Birnbaum, H. G., Skornicki, M., & Parsons, N. (2014). Burden of venous leg ulcers in the United States. Journal of medical economics, 17(5), 347-356.)
3. Finlayson K, et al. Predicting the likelihood of venous leg recurrence: The diagnostic accuracy of a newly developed risk assessment tool. Int Wound. 2018: 1-9.
4. Weller C, Buchbinder R, Johnston R. Interventions for helping people adhere to compression treatments for venous leg ulceration (Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;9.


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The power of compression therapy

Compared to no compression, compression therapy helps heal and reduce reoccurrence.⁵ Yet, it’s often underutilized or inappropriately applied — resulting in missed opportunities to minimize costs and maximize care.⁶ Best practices light a better path forward.


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Best Practices for VLU wound management

Step 1: Protect skin

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*Caution: Federal Law (U.S.A.) restricts the device to sale by or on order of a licensed health care professional.


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Step 2: Manage biofilm/bioburden

BlastX™ Antimicrobial Wound Gel, do not use alginate dressings.

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*Caution: Federal Law (U.S.A.) restricts the device to sale by or on order of a licensed health care professional.


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Step 3: Manage exudate


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Step 4: Provide therapeutic compression

Refer to instructions for use.

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  • 5. Nelson EA, Bell-Syer SE. Compression for preventing recurrence of venous ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014; 9.
    6. Harding K. Challenging passivity in venous leg ulcer care – the ABC model of management. Int Wound J. 2016; doi: 10.1111/iwj.1260.


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Solutions for Managing Chronic Edema and VLUs
Download the brochure (PDF, 5.60 MB)
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Simplifying Venous Leg Ulcer Management

  • Simplifying venous leg ulcer management brochure

    Read VLU best practices from a panel of global experts.


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Made to make a difference: 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression Systems

The Coban 2 Two-layer compression system provides therapeutic compression which has been shown to reduce edema and pain and improve daily activities. Plus, because the bandages are low-profile and comfortable to wear, patients are more likely to wear them longer.⁷

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    VLU healing rate
    In two retrospective analyses, Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression System illustrated increased healing rates compared to two other compression systems. Curious to learn more?
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    Quality of Life
    In a retrospective analysis, Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression showed better healing rates compared to multi-layer bandage systems. Curious to learn more?
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    Where practice meets perspective
    Get practical tips and education from global leaders in advanced wound care.


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  • 7. Yang D. Vandongen YK, Stacey MD. Effects of exercise on calf muscle pump function in patients with chronic disease. Dr J Surg. 1999;86:338-41.


Where Practice Meets Perspective

Whether it is developing a deeper understanding of the lymphatic system and edema or learning about venous leg ulcer best practices and compression therapy, these videos provide practical tips and education from global thought leaders in advanced wound care.

3M Health Care Academy

Get free continuing education and deepen your understanding of VLUs/Compression Therapy.

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