What is a compress?
A compress is a wound dressing made from a piece of fleece, gauze or folded cotton or polyester cloth. The word compress literally means "to compress" and, as the name implies, is intended to provide a degree of compression through pressure. It is used to protect the wound and, properly applied, can help stop bleeding injuries. They can be applied dry or with an ointment, depending on the type of wound. However, there are also compresses that are not used for wound care, such as a fin bandage. It is wrapped around limbs to mobilize joints.