Last updated on April 2018

Circaid Compression Sleeve Versus Short-stretching Bandage in Upper Limb Lymphatic Edema


Brief description of study

One of the difficulties encountered in the treatment of lymphedema, both in the active reduction phase and in the maintenance phase, is the appliance of the short-length compression bandages which requires good technicality and experience to exert the pressure required to remove liquids from tissue spaces and reduce the volume of the arm or prevent it from increasing again.

The study aims to compare the current protocol of care considered optimal for the reduction of lymphedema and the maintenance of this reduction with the protocol of care which would integrate the device circaid in substitution to the laying of bands with short extension as it is now in other countries.

Detailed Study Description

During the intensive decongestive treatment phase, which usually takes place in specialized lymphedema treatment departments, the staff are properly trained and have the required experience, but the appliance of these short-length compression bandages requires a lot of time. During the maintenance phase, the appliance of short stretch bandages gives way during the day to the wearing of a compression sleeve which can be put on fairly easily. But during the night, in the absence of a nurse or a spouse with the technical skills required to put them in place, few patients can benefit from the wearing of short stretching bandages. During the maintenance phase, many patients quickly give up these nocturnal bandages, thus losing the gain obtained during the reduction phase. This situation is all the more regrettable that, as shown in the studies, this nocturnal wearing contributes to a very significant reduction in the rate of reappearance of lymphedema and avoids the recurrent need of intensive reduction sessions in hospitals, which are costly for health insurance. and uncomfortable for the patients.

To improve this situation, medi has developed a device called circaid, consisting of non-elastic bands adjustable and repositionable with "Velcro" systems, which can be used both for the intensive reduction phase but also during the maintenance phase by the patients themselves because of its ease of placement.

It is composed of several inelastic strips or removable straps, parallel and overlapping slightly to leave no crease and no space between them. Velcro tabs or fasteners help ensure proper initial positioning and readjustment as the arm volume is reduced. This gives a given pressure by tightening or loosening each band while limiting friction and discomfort. In the intensive reduction phase, its ease of use reduces the time devoted by nurses to the use of short stretching tapes which, in addition to the need for good technique, requires a significant amount of time. In the maintenance phase, this original and comfortable compression device allows the patient to become autonomous after minimal learning. The simplicity of the introduction of the system on the limb and the calibration of the delivered pressure allows to develop the self management of the treatment, because it is possible to reposition the bands as and when the decrease of the edema, which makes it possible to optimize the effectiveness of the treatment. The ability to instantly readjust the circaidJuxtafit system allows to constantly apply the right level of pressure delivered, to reduce the volume of the limb. This is not possible with a traditional multilayer bandage if the different layers are not completely remove. A visual calibrator ensures the right level of pressure delivered at all times.

In addition to efficiency, patients' quality of life is improved by being able to remove and return it on their own, making it easier to wash or dress. Similarly, less rigid while being just as compressive, it allows a better comfort in the daily gestures and in particular to have a normal range of arm flexion movements more compatible with driving than the wearing of tapes.

The product is currently marketed in many countries and is reimbursed in the following countries: United States, Quebec, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Austria in the indication of the treatment of lymphedema.

In view of its admission to reimbursement in France, a meeting was held with HAS experts in the context of the so-called early meeting procedure in order to define the study that should be done. A detailed synopsis which is the one of the present protocol has been validated by the methodological experts of the HAS as being able to bring the arguments of effectiveness required by being as close as possible to the usual practice and by covering at the same time the phase of intensive reduction and the maintenance phase. It aims to compare the current protocol of care considered optimal for the reduction of lymphedema and the maintenance of this reduction with the protocol of care which would integrate the device circaid in substitution to the laying of bands with short extension as it is now in other countries.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03492476

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PASCAL GOUSSE, M.

Polyclinique Bordeaux Nord Aquitaine
Bordeaux, France
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ISABELLE QUERE, PR

Chu Saint Eloi
Montpellier, France
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AMER HAMADE, MD

Ghr Mulhouse Sud Alsace
Mulhouse, France
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STEPHANE VIGNES, MD

Hopital Cognacq Jay
Paris, France
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Recruitment Status: Open


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