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Diagnosing and Managing Venous Leg Ulcers in Patients in the Community

Day, Julie (2015) Diagnosing and Managing Venous Leg Ulcers in Patients in the Community. British Journal of Community Nursing, 20 (S.12). S22-S30. ISSN Print: 1462-4753 Online: 2052-2215

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Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are a chronic condition affecting between 0.1% and 0.3% of the population in the UK. Healing rates are variable and recurrence rates are high. The diagnosis, assessment, and management of this patient group is primarily carried out in the community. Assessment of this patient group requires skill and competence to ensure a correct diagnosis is made. When carrying out the assessment, it is important to consider the patient's past medical history, medication, and allergies, as well as to record the ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI), pain level, palpation of pulses, and ankle joint movement, among other aspects of the assessment. VLUs heal with compression therapy, and practitioners should be knowledgeable about the various compression systems available in order to offer patients the most suitable and informed choices.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: leg ulcer diagnosis, venous ulcer, leg ulcer therapy, venous insufficiency, patient outcome assessment, compression therapy, ankle brachial index
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Julie Day
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2019 03:51
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:31

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