Dr Gavin Hughes recently presented at the 2019 International Lymphoedema Framework (ILF) conference hosted in Chicago.
Gavin was invited to present on the work SMTL have undertaken in conjunction with Welsh NHS lymphoedema clinicians to independently assess compression garments supplied by manufacturers for NWSSP Procurement Services contracts. The presentation focused on laboratory testing that measures the pressures exerted by garments.
The test results identified numerous quality issues with garments supplied in the market, and raises the question as to whether clinicians can have confidence in the pressures claimed by manufacturers of lymphoedema compression garments when applied to patients.
The differences in pressure classification between the UK and other countries was highlighted, and the resulting confusion this causes for users and clinicians was discussed.