Image: The circaid juxtafit essentials armsleeve with hand sleeve (Photo courtesy of medi).
A novel armsleeve with juxtaposing compression bands helps lymphedema and lipedema patients enjoy an improved quality of life.
The medi (Bayreuth, Germany) circaid juxtafit essentials armsleeve is a compression wrap with patented technology designed to apply graduated pressure from the wrist to the upper arm. Made of a soft, breathable fabric, the armsleeve consists of a series of juxtapositioned inelastic bands extending from the central portion of the wrap that cover the arm from the wrist to the axilla. The arm section bands are composed of 63% Nylon, 32% Polyurethane, and 5% Elastane; the elbow strap is composed of 55% Nylon, 40% Polyurethane, and 5% Elastane. Both contain silver to prevent odor and bacterial spread.
The distinct juxtaposing bands provide a patented built-in-pressure system (BPS) that enables multiple, measurable, targeted compression ranges in a single product. The single patient, reusable, non-invasive, non-sterile armsleeve is available in both left and right arm variants, three different lengths, and six sizes in order to provide optimal comfort and efficacy. Custom versions are also available, as well as ready-to-wear and custom options for hand compression. The armband is easily donned and doffed for bathing and skin care.
“It is extremely valuable for patients with lymphedema to be as independent as possible in self-management of their condition, and to maintain their quality of life,” said occupational therapist Christopher Miles, senior manager of clinical services at medi USA. “The circaid juxtafit essentials armsleeve is easy to use, low-profile to fit under clothes, and is lightweight and breathable so patients feel comfortable wearing it.”
Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid in tissues commonly caused by abnormalities in the lymphatic system or removal or damage to the lymph nodes. Symptoms include swelling, recurrent cellulitis, loss of physical function, psychological stress and diminished qualify of life. Lymphedema cannot be cured and is typically managed through combined therapies of manual lymph drainage, multilayer bandaging, decongestive exercise, skin care, and long-term self-management.