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Light compression bandage, elastic, knitted/woven, width greater than or equal to five inches, per yard

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Light Compression Bandage, Elastic, Knitted/Woven, Width Greater Than or Equal to Five Inches, Per Yard (HCPCS Code: A6450)


A light compression bandage is an elastic, knitted, or woven bandage used to provide gentle support and compression to injured or weak areas of the body. It is typically used for conditions that require mild to moderate compression to manage swelling and improve blood flow.


Light compression bandages address conditions like minor sprains, strains, and edema. They aim to reduce swelling, improve circulation, and expedite recovery by providing consistent, gentle pressure.


  • Minor sprains and strains
  • Mild to moderate edema or swelling
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Post-surgical recovery where light compression is required
  • Support for weak or injured joints and tissues


  • Clean and dry the area to be bandaged.
  • No special fasting or medication adjustments are needed.
  • Assess the affected area for skin integrity and confirm there are no open wounds or infections.

Procedure Description

  1. Select the appropriate width (greater than or equal to five inches) and length (per yard) of the bandage.
  2. Position the patient comfortably and elevate the affected limb if possible.
  3. Start wrapping the bandage from the distal (far from the heart) end to the proximal (near the heart) end.
  4. Apply consistent, gentle tension to the bandage to ensure uniform compression.
  5. Secure the end of the bandage with tape, clips, or an adhesive bandage.
  6. Ensure the bandage is snug but not too tight, allowing for proper circulation.


The application process typically takes 5-10 minutes.


This procedure is usually performed in outpatient clinics, medical offices, or at home under medical guidance.


  • Nurses
  • Medical assistants
  • Trained caregivers

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or allergic reaction to the bandage material
  • Compromised circulation if the bandage is applied too tightly
  • Slippage or inadequate compression if not applied correctly


  • Reduced swelling and discomfort
  • Improved blood flow and tissue recovery
  • Increased support and stability for injured areas The benefits are often realized within a few hours to days after proper application.


  • Keep the bandage clean and dry.
  • Reapply the bandage as needed, following the same procedure.
  • Monitor for signs of impaired circulation, such as numbness or increased pain.
  • Follow-up appointments are typically not necessary unless complications arise.


  • Non-compressive bandages or wraps
  • Compression stockings or sleeves
  • Medications for pain and swelling
  • Pros: Alternatives may provide more specific compression or be easier to use.
  • Cons: They may not offer the same level of flexibility and adjustability as the described bandage.

Patient Experience

  • Mild pressure and support are typically felt during and after the procedure.
  • Patients may need to adjust to the feeling of compression but usually find it comfortable and beneficial.
  • Pain management is rarely needed, and comfort measures include ensuring the bandage is not overly tight and allowing breaks if discomfort occurs.

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