Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2012-101201
  • Care of older people
  • Systematic review and meta-analysis

Compression improves healing of venous leg ulcers compared with no compression, with differences between different compression systems

  1. Carolina D Weller
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Carolina D Weller
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Level 6 Alfred Centre, 99 Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia; Carolina.Weller{at}

Commentary on: O'Meara S, Cullum N, Nelson EA, et al. Compression for venous leg ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012;11:CD000265.

Implications for practice and research

  • Multicomponent compression systems are more effective than single-component systems.

  • Multicomponent systems containing elastic bandage are more effective than inelastic material.

  • High compression stocking system healing needs further research.


Compression is used to treat venous leg ulcers (VLU) that are secondary to venous insufficiency; it assists by reducing venous hypertension, enhancing venous return and reducing peripheral oedema. Healing potential is decreased if compression is not applied. Many randomised controlled trials (RCTs) included in the present study have reported on healing outcomes of different types of compression systems. A large number of compression options are now available, and the choice is further …

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