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Ellie Lindsay, BSc, DipHE, RN, DN, CPT, is independent specialist practitioner and associate lecturer, Centre for Research and Implementation of Clinical Practice, London; Jeanette Muldoon, RGN, is professional services manager (clinical), Activa, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Sylvie Hampton, MA, BSc, DpSN, RN, is tissue viability consultant, Eastbourne, Sussex
Short-stretch compression bandages have been shown to be as cost-effective and efficient as other compression systems in healing venous ulcers, independent of associated factors (Scriven et al, 1998; Nelson, 1996). However, as they do not contract around a limb they do not exert pressure during inactivity (resting pressure) (Klose Norton, 2003). But their stability creates a high resistance to stretch when pressure is applied through internal muscle contraction and joint movement (working pressure) (Tuckwood, 1996).