Veins and Lymphatics (Mar 2013)

Stiffness of compression devices

  • Giovanni Mosti

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2, no. 1
pp. e1 – e1


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This issue of Veins and Lymphatics collects papers coming from the International Compression Club (ICC) Meeting on Stiffness of Compression Devices, which took place in Vienna on May 2012. Several studies have demonstrated that the stiffness of compression products plays a major role for their hemodynamic efficacy. According to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), stiffness is defined as the pressure increase produced by medical compression hosiery (MCH) per 1 cm of increase in leg circumference.1 In other words stiffness could be defined as the ability of the bandage/stockings to oppose the muscle expansion during contraction.