Michigan State University Rehabilitation: Lymphedema Upper Limb Compression Garment Donning

Michigan State University Rehabilitation: Lymphedema Upper Limb Compression Garment Donning


>Today I’m going to show you how to don a
compression sleeve. You have to have your rubber gloves. I prefer to use an easy slide
assisted device to help you get on your compression sleeve. It makes a world of difference if
you have an assisted device. Again, this is an easy slide. This is double layered. To
put you compression sleeve one, your easy slide has to look like this. So you put your
arm in the easy slide. Have your rubber gloves handy. I like to actually hold the loop in
my hand. And what you’re trying to accomplish here is getting your garment on without pulling
from the top. So once you get it to here, you can take your rubber gloves, I will just
use one. Now, once I get the garment in place, I will usually bring the arm sleeve up maybe
an inch, because as you pull out your easy slide, it will pull your garment down. And
that’s okay for now. At this point in time, I’m gonna go over here. You can go to a door
knob. I have a bandage roller here. I’m going to hold my garment right at the top, and you’re
gonna just walk away. So your garment’s in place, you’ve got to just kind of smooth it
out this garment is up a little bit high for me so I’m gonna take my rubber gloves and
pull it down. You can see that it’s maybe half an inch above my wrist more than I want
it and it’s going into the armpit. You don’t want your garment into your armpit. So I take
my rubber gloves, and I’m just going to pull the whole garment down to approximately where
I want it. Once it’s where I want it, I like to smooth the garment out both ways so that
the weave is going in one direction. And that’s how you don your compression sleeve.

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