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Wearing surgical garments
Surgical compression fabric is usually made “open weave” for a few important reasons. Firstly, an open weave fabric is cooler and ‘breathes’, keeping you more comfortable.
Also, the open weave does not allow moisture to build up between your skin and the fabric. This reduces the risk of infection and also contributes to a more comfortable feeling for the patient. However, an ‘open weave’ fabric can also be more vulnerable to tears and ladders caused by sharp nails and jewellery. Should a hole or ladder appear as a result of this, the item will not be covered under warranty.
By taking some extra care and time, and using some rubber or protective gloves, these stressful situations can usually be avoided. Here are some quick tips as to how to put on your compression garments.