Compression Therapy

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This Video Learning Activity (VLA) is to assist nurses who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.

Topics include:

  • Applying compression therapy
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Patient education and compression therapy

Target audience:

This VLA will be of interest to nurses working in acute care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this VLA you will be able to:

  1. Describe the considerations necessary prior to applying compression therapy
  2. Explain the different types of compression therapy commonly used and their advantages and disadvantages
  3. Describe the principles of applying compression therapy
  4. State the education and information required for patients having compression therapy


The purpose of this VLA is to assist nurses who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.


Chronic venous insufficiency is a common condition in Australia, which can lead to venous leg ulcers. About 1% of Australians over the age of 60 live with a venous leg ulcer. In 2012 this equated to over 42,600 persons. Venous leg ulcers consume significant health resources and impact the lives of those who live with them. Compression therapy promotes healing of venous leg ulcers and is the recognized primary management strategy. To safely and effectively initiate, apply and monitor compression therapy clinicians require appropriate training, skills and confidence. Nurses are well placed to manage venous leg ulcers and compression therapy. However, many nurses lack the necessary skills and confidence in compression therapy and therefore patients who could benefit are not offered compression therapy. Increased use of compression therapy to manage venous leg ulcers would result in improved patient outcomes and significant savings to the health care budget of governments, service providers and patients. (Ref 1)

Nurses in Australia are required to obtain a minimum of 20 continuing professional development (CPD) hours each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.


Citing this Video Learning Activity

  1. Using Harvard referencing style:

    Templeton, S 2015, 'Compression Therapy', Ausmed Education, viewed (insert date),

  2. Using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition referencing style:

  3. Templeton, S. (2015). Compression Therapy [Video]. Retrieved from