Table 5

Participant's perceptions at 1-month post-baseline of compression bandages and care received

Four-Layer

(n = 196)

Short Stretch

(n = 199)

p-value

n (%)

n (%)


Reported problems with bandaging

81 (41.3)

56 (28.1)

0.01

Skin reactions

16 (8.2)

9 (4.5)

0.15

Discomfort

49 (25.0)

33 (16.6)

0.05

Skin breakdown

12 (6.1)

10 (5.0)

0.67

Applied too tight

35 (17.9)

10 (5.0)

< 0.01

Applied too loose

6 (3.1)

7 (3.5)

1.00

Satisfaction with nurses' skills applying the bandage1

Very satisfied

154 (79.0)

171 (85.9)

0.10

Quite satisfied

40 (20.5)

25.0 (12.6)

Neither satisfied or dissatisfied

1 (0.5)

1 (0.5)

Quite dissatisfied

0 (0.0)

2 (1.0)

Bandage comfort2

I have to take them off because they are too uncomfortable

13 (6.7)

8 (4.0)

0.18

I wear them but they are very uncomfortable

6 (3.1)

2 (1.0)

I wear them but they are slightly uncomfortable

47 (24.1)

41 (20.6)

I have no trouble wearing them

129 (66.2)

148 (74.4)

The nurse gave information about how to care for leg ulcer3

180 (92.3)

178 (89.4)

0.38

The nurse talked about preventing the ulcers from coming back4

161 (82.1)

164 (82.8)

0.90

The nurse gave written information about preventing the ulcers from coming back5

114 (58.2)

113 (57.7)

1.00


1Perception of nurses' skill applying bandage data were available for 195 participants in the 4LB group

2Bandage comfort data were available for 195 participants in the 4LB group

3 Information given to care for their leg ulcer data were available for 195 participants in the 4LB group

4Verbal information given to prevent ulcer recurrence data were available for 198 participants in the SSB group

5 Written information given to prevent ulcer recurrence data were available for 196 participants in the SSB group

Harrison et al. BMC Nursing 2011 10:20   doi:10.1186/1472-6955-10-20

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