EDEMAWEAR COMPRESSION GARMENTS
EdemaWear Stockinets is an innovative, comfortable solution for swelling. Soft, safe, and effective treatment for edema of all types. Developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center to help move fluid out of the subcutaneous fat to heal Venous Leg Ulcers. This movement of fluid helps reduce swelling. Basically, EdemaWear enhances lymphatic function, decreasing painful inflammation. Fuzzy wale technology creates zero pressure zones between compression furrows to improve drainage. As a result, the swelling seems to melt away.
So what is a fuzzy Wale anyway? The word wale is a knitting term. Think corduroy fabric, that fuzzy part of the corduroy called a wale. EdemaWear textile stockinet is composed of fuzzy longitudinal wales connected by Lycra spandex elastic yarns. These fuzzy wales create a unique compression stockinette that compresses just 20% of the skin surface. The noncompressed skin between the wales allows fluid to evaporate. In addition, the non-compressed subcutaneous fat between wales opens veins and lymphatics that return edema fluid.
A clinical study at Paradise Valley Arizona Wound Clinic and Lymphedema Center showed the EdemaWear to be more effective than Tubigrip and a mild compression stocking. In addition, edemaWear performance in moving fluid from the subcutaneous fat was dramatic.
ADVANTAGES OF EDEMAWEAR
- Donning and doffing are simple, fast, and accessible.
- Breathable and comfortable to wear even in warm weather
- Inexpensive especially compared to other compression garments
- Effectively reduces edema
- Furthermore, clinical observations show that EdemaWear treats the dermatitis of venous insufficiency.
CARE FOR GARMENTS
Hand-wash EdemaWear Compression Garments or machine wash as you would delicate laundry, using cold water, mild soap, and a laundry bag. Hang to dry. Remove blood stains with hydrogen peroxide.
The expected life of EdemaWear is 4-6 months, possibly longer with immobile patients. Remove EdemaWear at least once per day for repositioning and bathing.
I found this quote in the study by Matthew Livingston, and I felt this succinctly summed up the use of EdemaWear. It is not for everyone, but this is a good alternative for those with difficulty with standard compression garments.
“There are multiple compression therapy products, each having a certain advantage depending on the patient’s condition. A subset of patients with edema can either not tolerate or don’t require higher levels of compression. The author believes that the average amount of fluid removed from patients in this cohort justifies the use of fuzzy wale longitudinal elastic compression in this circumstance.” Matthew Livingston RN, BSN, CWS.