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Alternatives to zinc for lower limb compression

This small study evaluated two versions of a new two-layer compression system. Venous leg ulcers account for 70% of lower limb ulcers and compression bandaging is the main therapy. However, many patients find bandaging unpleasant with complaints including malodour and itching.

CoFlex TLC two-layer compression bandage system removes odour from wound exudate

Picture credit: Aspen Medical

The potential of zinc to improve chronic skin conditions associated with venous disease is well known but zinc paste bandages have fallen out of favour because they are messy and difficult to apply.

CoFlex UBZ two-layer bandaging system is designed for patients with chronic irritation from venous hypertension, eczema, contact dermatitis and other related conditions. Layer one contains zinc to ease pain and irritation. Layer two is designed to reduce oedema by providing compression.

CoFlex TLC with malodour control is a low-profile, two-layer compression bandage system. Layer one contains cyclodextrins, which occur naturally and have been proven safe in wound care. They work optimally in the presence of wound exudate and allow for effective odour capture and neutralisation.

Both products demonstrated positive clinical outcomes with UBZ offering a distinct advantage over other compression options, particularly when eczematous skin was present.

The TLC odour control offers advantages for a distinct group of patients and could be used to control odour for a short period while the underlying cause of the smell is identified and treated.

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