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Evaluation of SurePress Comfort: a new compression system for the management of venous leg ulcers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15517750     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim was to compare the healing of venous leg ulcers after management with either a new compression stocking (SurePress Comfort, ConvaTec) or a standard short-stretch bandage system (Comprilan, BSN Medical GmbH & Co). Secondary parameters included healing rate, ease of application and removal, comfort during wear, local pain levels and concordance. METHOD: This was a prospective multicentre open-label comparative randomised controlled parallel-group pilot trial of 12 weeks' duration. RESULTS: The proportion of ulcers that healed in 12 weeks (44.4% versus 17.2%, p=0.027) and the average time to healing (72 +/- 5 days versus 101 +/- 7 days, p=0.0265) were significantly better with SurePress Comfort than the comparator. All the secondary parameters (except concordance) also showed statistically significant differences for the stocking over the comparator. CONCLUSION: SurePress Comfort stocking system is more effective than a standard short-stretch compression bandage in healing venous leg ulcers and in reducing associated pain. It is well accepted by patients due to its ease of use and comfort, and its safety profile is comparable to that of a standard compression system. It may therefore provide an effective solution for the delivery of graduated compression and has the potential to improve concordance, compared with short- stretch bandages. DECLARATION OF INTEREST: This study was sponsored by ConvaTec.
R Polignano; G Guarnera; P Bonadeo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of wound care     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0969-0700     ISO Abbreviation:  J Wound Care     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-02     Completed Date:  2005-01-31     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9417080     Medline TA:  J Wound Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-91     Citation Subset:  N    
IOT Hospital Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Florence, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Analysis of Variance
Bandages / adverse effects,  standards*
Clinical Nursing Research
Middle Aged
Nursing Assessment
Pain / etiology,  prevention & control
Patient Satisfaction
Prospective Studies
Skin Care / instrumentation*,  nursing
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Varicose Ulcer / complications,  psychology,  therapy*
Wound Healing

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