The Elastoplast Hi-Stretch Support and Compression Bandage is a highly elastic compression bandage, which offers good compression for soft tissue injury treatment. It can be used within the acute phases of soft tissue injuries, such as bruising, corked thighs or sprained ankles. The Hi-Stretch bandage is particularly useful in conjunction with the RICER technique.
RICER technique (RICER = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral.)
- Wet/soak the Elastoplast Hi-Stretch bandage in cold water and apply an initial compression bandage application covering the affected area.
- Insert the Elastoplast Cold Pack onto the bandaged area and directly over the injury site. If you have cold allergy issues, be sure that the Cold Pack does not go directly onto the skin.
- Continue to finish off the compression bandaging technique incorporating the Elastoplast Cold Pack.
- The patient can then elevate the limb (if knee or ankle) to assist in veinous return and improved faster swelling reduction.
- Repeat this technique every 2 hours where possible for the first 48 – 72 hours following injury. This cold compression application assists in faster recovery and swelling reduction for earlier safe return to your chosen activity.