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Padding bandage, non-elastic, non-woven/non-knitted, width greater than or equal to three inches and less than five inches, per yard

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Padding Bandage Application (HCPCS Code A6441)
Common names: Padding bandage, non-elastic bandage
Technical terms: Non-woven/non-knitted, non-elastic padding bandage


A padding bandage (non-elastic, non-woven/non-knitted) that is between three and five inches wide is used to provide cushioning and protection to a specific area of the body. It is typically measured and applied per yard as needed.


The padding bandage is used to protect and cushion areas of the body that may be at risk for pressure sores, friction, or other types of skin damage. Its primary purpose is to reduce discomfort and prevent skin injury. This type of bandage is particularly useful in wound care and the management of venous ulcers.


  • Presence of venous ulcers or pressure sores
  • Post-operative wound care
  • Need for additional cushioning around existing bandages or casts
  • High-risk areas for friction and pressure sores in immobile patients


  • Cleanse the area to be bandaged with appropriate solutions as directed by a healthcare provider.
  • Ensure the skin is dry before application.
  • No specific pre-procedure diagnostic tests are generally required.

Procedure Description

  1. Measure the required length of the bandage.
  2. Position the bandage over the affected area, ensuring a smooth, wrinkle-free application.
  3. Wrap the bandage around the area, applying gentle pressure but not so tight as to restrict blood flow.
  4. Secure the bandage with tape or clips if necessary.
  5. Ensure the bandage is comfortable and provides adequate cushioning without causing pressure points.


The application of the padding bandage typically takes a few minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.


The procedure is usually performed in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, outpatient clinic, or other healthcare facility. It can also be applied by caregivers at home following proper training.


  • Nurses
  • Wound care specialists
  • Trained caregivers

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or allergies due to materials in the bandage
  • Improper application leading to pressure sores or restricted blood flow
  • Infection if the underlying skin is not properly cleaned before application


  • Provides comfort and protection to vulnerable areas
  • Helps prevent pressure sores and further skin damage
  • Can be adjusted easily for patient comfort
  • Immediate reduction in discomfort and prevention of skin injuries


  • Regular monitoring and adjustment of the bandage
  • Keeping the bandaged area clean and dry
  • Following specific care instructions provided by healthcare providers
  • Patients typically experience immediate relief, but continuous monitoring and adjustment are necessary.


  • Elastic bandages or compression wraps
  • Foam padding or gel pads
  • Specialty dressings for wound care
  • Pros and cons: Alternatives may offer different levels of compression, flexibility, or moisture management. The non-elastic, non-woven padding bandage is specifically beneficial for providing gentle cushioning without compression.

Patient Experience

Patients can expect a relatively painless application process. Comfort measures include ensuring the bandage is not too tight. During and after the procedure, careful observation for signs of irritation or discomfort is key. Pain management is typically not necessary, although adjustments can be made for increased comfort.

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