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Tubular dressing with or without elastic, any width, per linear yard

HCPCS code

Tubular Dressing with or without Elastic, Any Width, Per Linear Yard (A6457)

Name of the Procedure:

  • Common Names: Tubular dressing, Elastic dressing
  • Technical/Medical Terms: A6457


Tubular dressing is a type of bandage that comes in a continuous tube and can be used with or without elastic. It’s designed to cover and protect wounds, burns, or surgical sites, and can conform to various body parts.


Tubular dressings are used to:

  • Protect skin and wounds from contamination.
  • Minimize the risk of infection.
  • Maintain a moist environment to promote healing.
  • Provide compression to reduce swelling.


  • Wounds, burns, or surgical sites needing protection.
  • Skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis requiring barrier protection.
  • Swelling or venous insufficiency in limbs needing compression dressings.
  • Patients needing coverage for delicate or damaged skin.


  • Ensure the wound or affected area is clean and dry.
  • Follow any specific instructions from a healthcare provider.
  • No specific pre-procedure instructions such as fasting or medication adjustments required.

Procedure Description

  1. Wound Preparation: Clean the wound or affected area using sterile techniques.
  2. Sizing: Measure the area to determine the required length of the tubular dressing.
  3. Application:
    • Cut the tubular dressing to the required length.
    • For non-compression uses, gently slide the dressing over the limb or area.
    • For compression, ensure the dressing provides uniform pressure.
    • If required, secure the dressing with additional adhesive tape or fasteners.
  4. Completion: Check the dressing to ensure it’s in place and providing the necessary protection/compression.


  • Tubular dressing material
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape or fasteners (if needed)


The application of a tubular dressing usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.


Typically performed in various settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, or at home with proper guidance.


  • At healthcare facilities: Nurses, doctors, or trained medical assistants.
  • At home: Patients or caregivers following instruction from a healthcare provider.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Mild discomfort or itching.
  • Rare Risks: Allergic reaction to the material, infection if not applied under sterile conditions, restricted blood flow if applied too tightly.
  • Management: Monitoring and adjusting the dressing as necessary, contacting a healthcare provider if complications arise.


  • Provides effective protection and promotes wound healing.
  • Reduces the potential for infection.
  • Helps manage symptoms such as swelling and discomfort.
  • Immediate comfort and support are usually felt after application.


  • Follow any specific care instructions provided by the healthcare provider.
  • Change the dressing as advised, usually every few days or when it becomes soiled.
  • Expected recovery time varies depending on the underlying condition being treated.


  • Standard Bandages: Pros - readily available, Cons - may not provide compression or conforming fit.
  • Adhesive Dressings: Pros - easy application, Cons - can cause skin irritation during removal.
  • Compression Socks: Pros - effective for swelling, Cons - may not be suitable for wound coverage.

Patient Experience

  • During Procedure: Minimal discomfort, especially if the dressing is applied properly.
  • After Procedure: Increased comfort and protection, with proper wound healing environment maintained.
  • Pain Management: Unlikely needed, but over-the-counter pain relief can be used if discomfort occurs.

By following this guide, patients and caregivers can understand the process and benefits of using tubular dressings, ensuring proper application and effective wound care.

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