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Conforming bandage, non-elastic, knitted/woven, non-sterile, width less than three inches, per yard

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Conforming Bandage Application
Common Name: Conforming Bandage Application
Technical Term: Application of Non-elastic, Knitted/Woven, Non-sterile Conforming Bandage (HCPCS Code A6442)


The conforming bandage is a type of medical dressing made from a non-elastic, knitted, or woven material. Measuring less than three inches wide, this bandage is used to secure wound dressings, provide compression, and support injuries. It is sold by the yard and is non-sterile, making it suitable for a variety of minor medical uses.


The conforming bandage is used to:

  • Secure dressings over wounds
  • Provide light compression to reduce swelling and support injured areas
  • Protect wounds from external contaminants


This bandage is appropriate for patients with:

  • Minor cuts, scrapes, or abrasions
  • Injuries requiring light compression and support
  • Conditions needing securement of primary dressings (e.g., gauze pads)


Before using a conforming bandage:

  • The wound area should be cleaned and appropriately treated with antiseptics if necessary
  • Apply a primary dressing over the wound if required
  • No special preparation, fasting, or tests are typically necessary

Procedure Description

  1. Clean the wound area thoroughly with antiseptic.
  2. Apply a primary dressing to the wound (e.g., gauze pad).
  3. Wrap the conforming bandage around the affected area, ensuring it holds the primary dressing in place without slipping.
  4. Overlap each layer of the bandage to create a secure and even covering.
  5. Secure the end of the bandage with medical tape or bandage clips.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Conforming bandage (A6442)
  • Scissors (for cutting the bandage to the required length, if needed)
  • Medical tape or clips (for securing the bandage)


The bandaging process takes about 5-10 minutes.


The procedure can be performed in various settings including:

  • Home
  • Doctor’s office
  • Outpatient clinic


Generally, the procedure is performed by:

  • Nursing staff
  • Medical assistants
  • Caregivers or the patient themselves under the guidance of medical personnel

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Skin irritation or allergic reaction to the bandage material
  • Improper application leading to inadequate support or compression

Rare Risks:

  • Increased infection risk if the bandage is not kept clean and dry


Expected benefits include:

  • Effective wound coverage and protection
  • Reduced swelling and improved support for minor injuries
    Benefits are generally realized immediately after application.


After application:

  • Keep the bandage clean and dry
  • Change the bandage regularly, especially if it becomes soiled or wet
  • Follow up with healthcare providers if needed


Other treatment options:

  • Elastic bandages for more compression
  • Sterile bandages for higher infection control
  • Adhesive bandages for minor cuts and abrasions

Pros and Cons of Alternatives:

  • Elastic bandages may offer better support but can be more uncomfortable
  • Sterile bandages provide higher infection control but may be unnecessary for minor wounds

Patient Experience

During and after the procedure, patients might:

  • Experience mild discomfort during the application, especially over sensitive areas
  • Feel a sense of support and reduced pain immediately after application
  • Receive instructions on pain management typically requiring only over-the-counter pain relief if needed

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