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What is Medigrip?
The Medigrip Elasticated Tubular Bandage is a secondary, Tube-Shaped Wound Dressing that has a wide variety of applications. This item is made primarily to provide primary dressing securement and stabilization. If used in double layers, it also provides light compression, which can help increase blood flow, reduce swelling, and hasten healing. This combination of stabilization and mild compression makes it a great option for sprains, strains, and dislocations, especially when used in extra layers. In addition, it works wonderfully for circulation-related disorders such as venous leg syndrome, lymphedema, and edema along with the swelling that arises with these conditions. This product can also be used for many parts of the body. These include hands, limbs, and joints, such as ankles knees.
This Wound Care Product has several other benefits. The application process for Medigrip tubular bandages is very simple and quick and no wrapping is involved. Its elastic nature makes it easy to stretch over the limb or hand. This product also comes in several sizes and can be cut-to-size for a perfect fit. It can also be worn for up to seven days, so fewer changes are necessary. This can also translate to money saved.
This product contains latex. Users who are allergic to latex should instead purchase a latex-free product such as Surgigrip by Derma Sciences.
Medigrip Elasticated Tubular Bandage Has a Wide Range of Uses
This product comes in the following varieties:
- Medigrip Size B: Hands and Small Arms (5 - 6 Inch)
- Medigrip Size C: Medium Arms, Small Ankles (6 - 7 Inch)
- Medigrip Size D: Large Arms, Medium Ankles, Small Thighs (7 -8 Inch)
- Medigrip Size E: Large Ankles, Medium Knees, Small Thighs (8 - 9 Inch)
- Medigrip Size F: Large Knees, Medium Thighs (9 - 10 Inch)
- Medigrip Size G: Large Thighs (10 - 12 Inch)
Features and Benefits
- Holds Primary Dressings in Place
- Gives Joints Extra Support
- Creates Light Compression with Double Wrapping
- Comes in Many Sizes
- Fits a Variety of Needs
- Hand, Foot, Limb, and Thigh Versions Available
- Great Option for a Sprain or Dislocation
- Perfect Choice for Chronic Venous Insufficiency or Edema
- Lasts for Up to 7 Days for Fewer Changes
- Easy to Use
How to Use this Product for the Forearm (with Compression)
- Remove the product from the packaging.
- Fold the bandage's length in half.
- To measure, lay the bandage across the span of the user's injured arm. Start at the knuckle closest to the wrist.
- Pinch the bandage between your fingers right below the elbow to mark where the cut will be made.
- Cut the bandage to the proper length.
- Near the folded over top, (about an inch down) cut a half-circle-shaped hole in the bandage, big enough that the thumb will fit through the circular holes when the bandage is unfolded. Two holes will be created.
- Slip the bandage over the hand. Fit the thumb through the first hole and stretch half of the bandage up the arm to right below the elbow. The other half of the bandage will be hanging off of the hand.
- Take the other half of the bandage and stretch it back over and around the arm until it sits right below the elbow. Fit the thumb into the second hole. The bandage will now be doubled over the arm for added security and mild compression.
How to Measure for Medigrip
- Leg Use: Measure the circumference widest point of the calf for calf or full leg use.
- Arm Use: Measure around the part of the forearm with the largest diameter for bandages that will cover the forearm or length of the arm.
- Hand Use: Measure around the metacarpophalangeal joint.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you sleep in a tubular bandage?
Sleeping with a Tubular wrap such as the Medigrip Elasticated Tubular Support Bandage is not recommended as circulation cannot be monitored. Always follow a doctor's instruction.
How long is it safe to wear a compression bandage?
This compression wrap can be worn for a maximum of seven days. Ask a health care provider for further instruction.
Does compression help healing?
Compression can reduce swelling and inflammation, reduce pain, and speed up the healing process.
- Holding Dressings in Place
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
This product has no known contraindications. Use with caution when using on patients with severe arterial disease.
- This item contains latex. Users with latex allergies should not use this item.
- Remove this item if poor circulation or numbness occurs.
Required Change Frequency
This product should be changed within a 7-day period. The frequency of changes depend on the amount of drainage and a health care provider's advice. Always follow a doctor's advice during wound care or any other medical practice.
Recommended Primary Dressings
- Opticell AG+:A gelling fiber dressing with antibacterial silver. They conform and cling to the body easily and are gentle on the skin.
- Optifoam: A highly absorbent, square, sterile, foam adhesive dressing.
- Optilock: An adaptive, highly absorbent, non-adhesive dressing.
Other Complementary Products
- Betadine Povidone Iodine: An iodine solution for cleansing wounds.
- CURAD Saline Wash: A sterile saline wash and wound cleanser.
- Measuring Tape: A flexible cloth measuring tape roll that makes measuring rolled dressing easy.
- Non-Sterile Cotton Balls: These simple white cotton balls come in two sizes and can be used to apply cleaners to prep wounds.
Manuals and Documents
- Medline Wound Care Product Brochure contains Medline product benefits and specifications.
- Spanish Medline Wound Care Product Brochure contains Medline product specifications and benefits in Spanish.
- Size Chart contains sizing information.
How Medline Helps People Around the World Gain Access to Healthcare (1:46 minutes)
- Virginia Tech. Ankle Injury.
- Intermountain Healthcare. Compression Wraps. 2018.
- Lymphedema Education Association. Elastic Stockinettes.
- Additional Information