Coban, Your Way to Treating Edema

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Made up of a fabric that is not woven and elastic, Coban is a dressing that is mainly used in the treatment of edema. It is convenient in the sense that it only sticks to itself and not to skin or other material, thus making it easier to use and apply.

A product of 3M, it is specially formulized to reduce leg edema. A reduction in leg edema automatically leads to better healing of leg ulcers.

Coban is a multi functional dressing. People can use this dressing:

1. To keep in place bandages
2. For protection of wounds
3. To halt intensification of injuries
4. Keep in place splints or other supportive equipment
5. As a pressure bandage to reduce swelling or control bleeding.

Although the Coban dressing can be placed directly over the wound, care must be taken not to apply it directly on wounds that are exuding liquid profusely. For wounds with high liquid dispersion, gauze should be used and placed between the Coban dressing and the wound.

The Coban dressing is made up of 2 layers, which when applied, stick together and form a single comfortable, thin and snug layer.

1. The inner layer, which is applied to the wound. This layer is soft and has a "foam like" feel to its surface. The "foamy" surface firmly grips the skin and prevents the dressing from sliding off.


2. The second layer is bonded to the first layer and is responsible to provide the required pressure on the area where the dressing is applied.

Another major advantage of the Coban dressing is that although it is made up of two layers it is still actually quite light and breathable. The lightness reduces discomfort to the patient and the breathable nature helps keep skin dry.

Coban can also be used in collusion with other wound dressings to provide an optimal result.

Care should however, be taken when using the Coban compression or pressure system:

- Wear thin, stretchable stockings
- Wear comfortable shoes that are not too tight and/or stiff
- Walk and move your ankles to help improve your circulation. Thus, regular (not excessive) walking should be considered.
- Prevent it from getting wet. Do not wear a wet bandage. Dry it properly before reapplying it.
- The dressing attracts fuzz. Don't worry about it. This does not affect the treatment.
- Wear a stocking if possible, when wearing the bandage to sleep.
- Do not wear the bandage for more than 7 days

 

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