DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2024.29.sup3.s20 ISSN: 1462-4753

Decision-making on the use of compression hosiery and compression bandaging: a systematic review

Gregor Ferguson, Fiona Baguley
  • Community and Home Care
  • General Medicine

This systematic literature review was carried out by a final-year nursing student in response to clinical experience, and to understand the rationale and evidence around managing venous ulcers. In the student's clinical experience, the two most commonly used treatment methods were forms of compression hosiery and compression bandaging. The CINAHL, Science Direct, Cochrane Library, Internurse and MEDLINE databases were searched for literature published over the period 2003–2023. From the resulting five papers, five key themes were identified: types of compression systems used and the rationale for decision-making; clinical effectiveness; the impact on patient experience and quality of life; pain levels following application of compression systems; and cost effectiveness. Conclusion: Management and prevention of venous ulceration is complex. The decisions should be made in partnership with the patient and will be influenced by context. Overall, compression hosiery was identified as the more favourable system.