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

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Conforming Bandage Application
Common name(s): Conforming bandage application, Elastic-free bandage wrapping
Technical/medical term: A6443 - Conforming bandage, non-elastic, knitted/woven, non-sterile, width ≥3 inches & <5 inches, per yard


A conforming bandage (A6443) is a type of bandage used to wrap and protect a specific area of the body without the use of elastic materials. These bandages are knitted or woven, non-sterile, and typically range in width from three to five inches. They are often used to secure dressings, support sprains or strains, and manage swelling.


Medical Conditions Addressed:

  • Securement of primary wound dressings
  • Immobilization of injured areas
  • Management of localized swelling and edema

Goals/Expected Outcomes:

  • Stabilize the area to prevent further injury
  • Maintain position of wound dressings for optimal healing
  • Reduce swelling and provide support to injury areas


Symptoms/Conditions Warranting the Procedure:

  • Open wounds requiring dressing
  • Sprains, strains, and soft tissue injuries
  • Post-surgical support

Patient Criteria:

  • Patients with injuries requiring immobilization
  • Individuals needing securement of wound dressings
  • Suitable for those who require a non-elastic bandage due to allergies or specific medical instructions


Pre-procedure Instructions:

  • Clean the wound or affected area thoroughly
  • Prepare necessary materials, including the correct size of the conforming bandage
  • Ensure skin is dry to allow better adhesion of the bandage

Diagnostic Tests/Assessments:

  • Evaluation by a healthcare professional to determine the need for a conforming bandage
  • Examination of the injured or affected area

Procedure Description

Step-by-Step Explanation:

  1. Clean and dry the area to be bandaged.
  2. Apply any necessary wound dressings directly to the wound.
  3. Unroll the bandage and place the starting edge on the skin, anchoring it in place.
  4. Wrap the bandage around the affected area, overlapping each layer by half of the bandage's width.
  5. Continue wrapping until the entire area is securely covered.
  6. Secure the end of the bandage with medical tape or a fastener.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Conforming bandage (A6443)
  • Medical tape or fasteners
  • Sterile dressings (if applicable)


  • None typically required


Procedure Time:
Approximately 5-10 minutes, depending on the size and location of the area being bandaged.


Performed At:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Patient’s home (under professional guidance)


Healthcare Professionals Involved:

  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Medical assistant

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Improper wrapping can lead to reduced circulation or increased swelling.
  • Infection if the bandage is not kept clean or if it is used on dirty wounds.

Rare Risks:

  • Allergic reaction to bandage material
  • Skin irritation or breakdown

Complications Management:

  • If issues arise, the bandage may need to be adjusted or replaced
  • Consultation with a healthcare professional if signs of infection or adverse reactions occur


Expected Benefits:

  • Effective immobilization and support for injured areas
  • Securement of wound dressings to promote healing
  • Reduction in swelling and discomfort

Realization Time:

  • Immediate stabilization and protection upon application
  • Swelling reduction and healing support over days to weeks


Post-procedure Care:

  • Keep the bandage clean and dry
  • Follow healthcare provider’s instructions for duration of use and changes

Recovery Time:

  • Varies depending on the injury, typically a few days to weeks
  • Follow-up appointments may be required to assess progress


Other Treatment Options:

  • Elastic bandages, such as ace wraps
  • Custom orthotics or splints for severe injuries
  • Surgery in cases of significant structural damage

Pros and Cons of Alternatives:

  • Elastic bandages offer more compression but may not be suitable for those with certain allergies
  • Orthotics/splints provide more rigidity but are more cumbersome
  • Surgery has higher risks and longer recovery times

Patient Experience

During the Procedure:

  • Minimal discomfort as the bandage is applied gently

After the Procedure:

  • Mild restriction of movement due to the supportive nature of the bandage
  • Potential for minor skin irritation from the bandage material
  • Pain management generally involves over-the-counter analgesics if needed

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