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Actico® cohesive inelastic compression bandage

clinical information

Tried and tested to effectively manage venous ulceration and chronic oedema

Actico® is a cohesive inelastic compression bandage, applied at 100% full stretch for accurate and easy simple spiral application – reducing the risk of over compression.

It delivers high working pressures and lower resting pressures, providing a massaging effect which mimics the action of healthy valves, to reduce venous hypertension and stimulate lymphatic uptake.

Key benefits

  • Effective ulcer healing and oedema reduction.

  • Greater comfort at rest, which improves patient comfort and concordance.

  • Patients can usually wear their normal footwear.

  • Adaptable solution, suitable for a wide range of lower limb conditions - taking the guesswork out of which bandage to apply.

  • The ‘Safe-Loc®’ system aids consistent and accurate application, making team training easier.

  • Safe and effective for mobile and immobile patients.

Actico® Indications & Contraindications


Actico® Indications for use:

  • Lower limb conditions where the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) is ≥ 0.8 - ≤1.3

  • Venous leg ulcers - with and without chronic oedema

  • Chronic oedema and lymphoedema

  • Mixed aetiology leg ulcers (ABPI 0.5-0.8) under specialist supervision (please refer to local guidelines)

  • Mobile and immobile patients


Actico® Contraindications

Not for use when ABPI <0.5


Actico® Precautions

If ABPI is 0.5 – 0.8 Actico® can be applied with caution under strict medical or specialist supervision (Please refer to local guidelines.)

If ABPI is >1.3 further investigation may be required before Actico® is applied (please refer to local guidelines).

Not suitable for ankle circumference of less than 18cm unless padding is used to increase the ankle circumference to 18cm or more.

As with all compression systems, caution is required when:

  • Cardiac overload is suspected

  • Patients have diabetes

  • Patients have advanced small vessel disease

  • Arterial disease is present

  • Renal failure is present

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is present

  • Known sensitivity to the bandage system

Following application if the patient shows signs of pain, reduced colour or numbness on their extremities distal to the bandage, then it should be removed immediately.

Actico® should not be reused.

As with all compression bandage systems, training on the correct application of Actico® is recommended.

If latex intolerance is suspected, the use of Actico2C or Rosidal® K are recommended.

Important Information

A full holistic assessment, including Doppler, should be carried out prior to application (refer to local guidelines)

As with all compression bandage systems, training on the correct application of Actico® is recommended.

Useful Videos

Clinical Evidence

BJCN, Vol 20 No. 5

Innovations in compression for chronic oedema

Compression bandaging for chronic oedema: applying science to reality Using specialist bandage techniques to improve outcomes

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Not a stretch too far

A case series on the use of bandaging in a Trust, exploring the reasons for choosing Actico, which highlights effective use on patients with various conditions including mixed aetiology and immobile patients

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Randomized trial of cohesive short-stretch versus four-layer bandaging in the management of venous ulceration

159 patients, 12 centres- Outcomes; ulcer closure 4 LB 68%, CSSB 73%. Mobility deficit did not affect healing with cohesive short stretch bandages.

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The introduction of a cohesive short stretch bandage into a specialist leg ulcer clinic.

It is widely believed that short stretch bandaging is ineffective in the management of ulceration in an immobile patient. However, in our clinic it has been used effectively to reduce oedema in patients who are immobile.

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Order Codes


Cohesive inelastic bandage

Actico Actico order codes
Cohesive inelastic bandage

Size 1 unit
10cm x 6m 271-5431 EBA016 88310
4cm x 6m 314-0860 EBA030 88307
6cm x 6m 314-0878 EBA031 88308
8cm x 6m 314-0886 EBA032 88309
12cm x 6m 314-0894 EBA033 88311