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Compression Garment Sizing: Challenges, Issues, and a Solution

Watkins, William B. C. BSCE

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181dee9e2
Articles: Continuing Education

This article explores the issues that nurses and physicians face when trying to properly fit their patients into a correctly sized compression garment. It examines and links the history of compression and the history of sizing to define guidelines that nurses can follow when dealing with the challenges of sizing. Recent research into sizing and measuring is discussed, with further recommendation for research proposed.

William B. C. Watkins, Co-Founder, The Marena Group Inc., Lawrenceville, GA.

Address correspondence to William B. C. Watkins, The Marena Group Inc., 650 Progress Industrial Blvd, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 (e-mail:

The author has no conflict of interest.

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