People living with chronic edema and VLUs want to engage fully in everyday activities - without feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious about what’s on their legs and feet. 3M can help manage challenges related to VLUs.
Venous Leg Ulcers are the most common type of lower extremity wound, afflicting approximately 1% of the western population during their lifetime.¹ VLUs also represent
a significant burden for patients and healthcare systems.²
3M can help manage challenges related to VLUs and help improve patient outcomes so that people can fully engage and participate in normal everyday activities.
During their lifetime, 28% of patients experience 10 or more VLU episodes.³
Approximately 55% of healed VLUs reoccur within 12 months of closure.⁴
The annual cost to treat VLUs in the U.S. is estimated to be $14.9 billion.⁵
VLU management includes a combination of best-practice skin and wound care principles with a therapeutic goal of reducing chronic edema and promoting wound healing.⁶⁻⁸ In 2015, Wounds International published a simplified approach to VLU care. The consensus document simplified the assessment and management of venous leg ulcers into three main steps, or an ABC model of care.⁹
A comprehensive assessment should be taken to ascertain past medical history, current mobility, pain levels, nutrition, home and work environments, caregiver/family involvement, and patient concerns.
Reducing the pain and discomfort of VLUs includes best practice skin and wound care and managing chronic edema, which can help in managing VLUs.
When sufficient pressure is applied to a patient’s calf with compression therapy, it can result in reduced venous ambulatory hypertension and venous pooling, reduced chronic edema and inflammation, improved venous and lymphatic return, and reduced leg pain.¹⁰⁻¹³
3M's comprehensive portfolio of solutions spans the entire spectrum of advanced wound care and skin integrity needs. From dressings that can manage exudate or provide a barrier to bacterial contamination, to products that help protect your patients’ skin, 3M gives you the effective solutions and support your wound care patients need to encourage healing and help them get back to their lives.
Find solutions below based on the type of wound care application you require.
The 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System provides effective compression therapy, which has been shown to contribute to effective VLU management through edema reduction, decreased pain and improvement in a patient’s daily activities.²,¹⁴ A retrospective analysis of the records of 600 patients who had newly diagnosed VLUs compared Coban 2 Compression System to two other compression systems. Treatment with Coban 2 Compression System demonstrated better health related to quality of life.¹⁵
3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System
The 3M™ Coban™ 2 Compression System is easy to apply and remove, and provides effective compression therapy for patients with ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) greater than or equal to 0.8. Effective compression has shown to reduce edema, decrease pain, and improve a patient’s daily activities.
3M™ Coban™ 2 Lite Two-Layer Compression System
The 3M™ Coban™ 2 Lite Two-Layer Compression System is engineered to stay in place and deliver comfortable, effective, modified light therapeutic compression (25-30 mmHg) for patients with ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) greater than or equal to 0.5. Or for patients that cannot tolerate high compression.
Skin damage such as maceration and erythema are often associated with VLUs. Research supports the routine protection of periwound skin from excess exudate, mechanical trauma, and protection of at-risk, compromised skin as essential steps in VLU wound management and wound bed preparation.¹⁶
NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and safety information exist for these products and therapies, some of which may be Rx only. Please consult a clinician and product instruction for use prior to application.
3M™ Cavilon™ Durable Barrier Cream
This concentrated barrier cream provides durable, long-lasting moisture barrier protection while moisturizing
3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film
Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film helps to protect skin from body fluids, adhesives and friction. The alcohol-free barrier film applies without stinging, and forms a breathable, transparent film for long-lasting protection.
3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant
Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant creates a highly durable, ultra-thin barrier that attaches to wet, weepy skin¹⁷ and lasts up to seven days¹⁸ — providing long-lasting skin protection.
Wound healing starts with addressing underlying issues such as bioburden and inflammation. Effective wound management strategies may include the use of topical advanced wound care products to help address the underlying issues of bioburden and inflammation.
NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and safety information exist for these products and therapies. Please consult a clinician and product Instructions for Use prior to application. This material is intended for healthcare professionals.
3M™ Promogran Prisma™ Collagen Matrix with ORC and Silver
In the presence of exudate, Promogran Prisma Matrix transforms into a soft, conformable, biodegradable gel. Promogran Prisma Matrix can be used prior to applying a skin graft (or equivalent) to prepare the wound and help optimize the moist wound environment, and promote granulation.¹⁹,²⁰ Using Promogran Prisma Matrix early in the management of VLUs may lead to improved success rates.¹⁹
3M™ Silvercel™ Non-Adherent Antimicrobial Alginate Dressing
Silvercel Non-Adherent Dressing is a non-adherent, hydro-alginate dressing providing sustained release of silver ions for up to seven days²¹ and works effectively against a broad spectrum of wound pathogens, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (MRSE) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).²²
In order to maintain an optimal wound environment, it’s necessary to manage exudate and provide protection from outside contaminants while also enabling easy application and removal of dressings to facilitate and accelerate healing.
3M™ Tegaderm™ Silicone Foam Dressing
Featuring 3M’s innovative silicone adhesive technology in a 5-layer foam dressing, the Tegaderm Silicone Foam Dressing is suitable for use on fragile skin and with compression therapy. Unique multi-layer design absorbs and evaporate moisture away from the skin’s surface, helping to minimize wound maceration and to maintain moisture balance for optimal wound healing.
3M™ Kerramax Care™ Super-Absorbent Dressing
Offers an advanced method of absorbing exudate from wounds utilizing 3M™ Exu-Safe™ Technology built into the dressing core. This super-absorbent core absorbs and retains moderate to high levels of fluid away from the wound bed – including bacteria and MMPs – protecting delicate wound tissue and surrounding skin whilst helping to reduce the risk of maceration.
Based on wound assessment and clinical judgment, NPWT may be appropriate for VLU management, and 3M offers a portfolio of proven NPWT options that are indicated for the management of venous insufficiency ulcers. Negative pressure wound therapy has been shown to be effective for patients with VLU wounds present for more than 30 days.²³
NOTE: Specific indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and safety information exist for these products and therapies. Please consult a clinician and product Instructions for Use prior to application. This material is intended for healthcare professionals. Rx only.
3M™ ActiV.A.C.™ Therapy System
The ActiV.A.C. Therapy System is a portable NPWT device for the mobile patient with features to help maintain the programmed pressure at the wound site and detect leaks.
3M™ V.A.C.® Ulta Therapy System
V.A.C.® Therapy can help to reduce hospitalization time and the risk of complications, which in turn helps facilitate patient transitions from inpatient to outpatient care settings.
3M™ Veraflo™ Therapy System
Veraflo Therapy combines the benefits of NPWT with automated instillation and dwell of topical wound solution to provide simultaneous cleansing and granulation tissue formation.
3M™ Veraflo™ Cleanse Choice Complete™ Dressing Kit
The Veraflo Cleanse Choice Complete Dressing Kit features a uniquely combined single layer foam that offers more versatility in dressing application, along with the gentle skin-friendly strength of the 3M™ Dermatac™ Drape. This powerful combination makes the dressing application and initiation of Veraflo Therapy easier than ever.
3M™ Snap™ Therapy System
Snap Therapy System is a disposable NPWT system that combines the simplicity of advanced wound dressings with the proven benefits of negative pressure wound therapy in a discreet design that allows patient mobility.
A 68-year-old male was diagnosed with lymphedema and multiple copiously draining ulcerations on his right leg that were present for years and failed to respond to compression, foam dressings, or abdominal pads. After one month of treatment using the 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System, along with the 3M™ Kerramax Care Super-Absorbent Dressing, the ulcer healed and the edema was almost completely resolved.
Figure A: Right leg venous leg ulcer at presentation.
Figure B & C: One week after application of Kerramax Care Super-Absorbent Dressing along with Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression System.
B. Drainage was incorporated in the dressing.
C. The wound surface was dry to the touch.
Figure D: Lower extremity 1 month after Kerramax Care Super-Absorbent Dressing along with Coban 2 Compression System use.
The wound was treated with sharp debridement, Kerramax Care Super-Absorbent Dressing, Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression System, 3M™ Kerracel™ Ag Gelling Fiber Dressing, support garment, and daily use of pneumatic compression after ulcer healed.
As with any case study, the results and outcomes should not be interpreted as a guarantee or warranty of similar results. Individual results may vary depending on the patient’s circumstances and condition.
Patient data and photos courtesy of Robert J. Snyder, DPM, MBA, MSc, CWSP, FFPM RCPS (Glasgow), Barry University School of Public Medicine.
In two large, well-controlled, retrospective analyses comparing the Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression System to two other compression systems, the Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression System demonstrated increased healing rates with a reduction
in patient management costs.¹⁵,²⁴
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Download the following resource guides to get step-by-step instructions on how to apply VLU compression therapy for a variety of patients using the Coban 2 Two-Layer Compression System.
Get practical tips for VLU application using the Coban 2 Compression System.
View Coban 2 Compression System Practical Tips (PDF, 148 KB)
Explore this full-leg VLU application guide for the Coban 2 Compression System including materials and positioning, compression therapy instructions, and bandage removal.
View Coban 2 Compression System Full Leg Application Guide (PDF, 584 KB)
This VLU application guide is for the Coban 2 Compression System which is for patients with extreme leg contours.
View Coban 2 Compression System Application for a Highly Contoured Leg (PDF, 464 KB)
This VLU application guide is for the Coban 2 Compression System which is ideally suited to help patients with very thin legs and vulnerable bony prominences.
View Coban 2 Compression System Specialty Application for a Thin, Fragile Leg (PDF, 660 KB)
Share the following resources with your patients to provide guidance and help answer questions regarding VLUs.
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