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Venous Leg Ulcer (VLU) solutions

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Approximately 1% of the western population is affected by Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU).¹ This chronic condition can have a devastating impact on an individual’s physical and emotional well-being.² 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.

The 5 steps to help manage Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs)

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Venous Leg Ulcers

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Manage Venous Leg Ulcers with the 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System

With indications for Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU), edema, lymphedema and other conditions where compression is appropriate, the 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System provides sustained, therapeutic compression for up to seven days³, which has been shown to reduce chronic edema, support healing,³ ⁴ reduce wound size,³ and significantly reduce leg pain.³ 3M™ Coban™ 2 Compression Systems are easy to apply⁵ and are less bulky compared to four-layer compression systems.³ ⁴

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    Compression is therapeutic when sufficient pressure is applied. Too little pressure will minimize the benefits and too much pressure may cause damage or not be tolerated by the patient. Our compression layer is designed to be applied at full stretch, eliminating guesswork.

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    The thin, lightweight materials create a breathable sleeve that allows patients to wear their own shoes and clothing. Because the bandages are comfortable to wear, patients are more likely to keep them on, increasing concordance and the potential for effective treatment.⁶ ⁷

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    Our patented, interlocking materials adhere to each other, creating an inelastic sleeve that gently grips the skin and reduces the potential for uncomfortable slipping or bunching.⁴ ⁶

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  2. Brem H, Kirsner RS, Falanga V. Protocol for the successful management of venous ulcers. Am J Surg 2004 Jul; 188 (1A Suppl):1-8.
  3. Mosti G, Crespi A, Mattaliano V. Comparison Between a New, Two-component Compression System with Zinc Paste Bandages for Leg Ulcer Healing: A Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Trial Monitoring Sub-bandage Pressures. Wounds 2011;23(5):126-134.
  4. Moffat C, Edwards L, Collier M, Treadwell T, Miller M, Shafer L, Sibbald RG, Brassard A, McIntosh A, Reyzelman A, Price P, Krause SM, Walters SA, Harding K. A randomized controlled 8-week crossover clinical evaluation of the 3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System versus Profore™ to evaluate product performance in patients with venous leg ulcers. Int Wound J 2008;5(2):267-279.
  5. Collier M, Schuren J. Ease of use and reproducibility of five compression systems. J Wound Care 2007; 3M Supplement: 8-10.
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  7. Schnobrich E, Solfest S, Bernatchez S, Zehrer C, Tucker J, Walters SA. 7-Day, In-use Assessment of a Unique, Innovative Compression System. Data on file at 3M. Poster presentation: SAWC 2006.
  8. Brennan, Mary R.; Milne, Catherine T.; Agrell-Kann, Marie; Ekholm, Bruce P. Clinical Evaluation of a Skin Protectant for the Management of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis: An Open-Label, Nonrandomized, Prospective Study. J of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 2017. 44(2):172-180.
  9. 3M data on file. EM-05-01 3924.