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Conforming bandage, non-elastic, knitted/woven, 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 Names: Non-Elastic Conforming Bandage
Technical/Medical Term: Conforming Bandage, Non-Elastic, Knitted/Woven, Sterile, Width ≥ 3 inches and < 5 inches, Per Yard (HCPCS Code: A6446)


This procedure involves the application of a non-elastic, knitted or woven, sterile conforming bandage with a specified width, aimed to support and protect a specific area of the body needing dressing.


Medical Conditions
  • To secure wound dressings or splints
  • To provide support to injured areas such as sprains
  • To prevent further injury and promote healing
  • Stabilize and immobilize the affected area
  • Maintain a clean, sterile environment for wound healing
  • Minimize swelling and discomfort


  • Open wounds requiring sterile dressing
  • Sprains or strains where support is needed
  • Post-surgical sites needing coverage
Patient Criteria
  • Patients with superficial and clean wounds
  • Patients post-orthopedic procedures
  • Those needing support for musculoskeletal injuries


Pre-Procedure Instructions
  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments needed
  • Ensure the wound is cleaned and dry before bandage application
Diagnostic Tests
  • Not typically required; based on clinical assessment

Procedure Description

  1. Clean and dry the wound area.
  2. Select the sterile, non-elastic conforming bandage of appropriate size.
  3. Carefully wrap the bandage around the wound or injured area, ensuring it's snug but not too tight.
  4. Secure the end of the bandage using medical tape or bandage clip to keep it in place.
  • Sterile non-elastic conforming bandage
  • Medical tape or bandage clip
  • Not applicable; local anesthetics may be utilized if wound cleaning is painful


  • Typically takes 5-10 minutes


  • Can be performed in various settings: hospital, outpatient clinic, doctor’s office, or at home (with guidance)


  • Performed by nurses, doctors, or trained medical personnel

Risks and Complications

Common Risks
  • Skin irritation or allergic reaction to the bandage material ##### Rare Risks
  • Impaired circulation if applied too tightly
  • Infection due to improper technique or non-sterile conditions ##### Management
  • Loosen or replace the bandage if discomfort or tingling occurs
  • Monitor for signs of infection, seek medical advice if needed


  • Provides effective support and protection to affected areas
  • Contributes to faster and more efficient healing


Post-Procedure Care
  • Keep bandage dry and clean
  • Change bandage regularly as prescribed or if it becomes wet/soiled
  • Monitor the area for any signs of infection ##### Expected Recovery Time
  • Varies based on individual condition; typically a few days to weeks
  • Follow-up appointments as advised for wound inspection


Other Options
  • Elastic bandages, adhesive bandages ##### Pros and Cons
  • Elastic bandages offer more flexibility but less support
  • Adhesive bandages are easier to apply but not suitable for larger areas

Patient Experience

During Procedure
  • Generally painless, possible slight discomfort while securing
After Procedure
  • Mild restriction of movement due to support nature of bandage
  • Potential skin dryness or itchiness managed by proper post-care

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