Venous Leg Ulcer Management

Venous Leg Ulcer Management
Chrissy Bedard
Fri, 06/30/2023 – 10:14

For this month’s WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we are providing education on a variety of topics related to the management of venous leg ulcers.
Scroll below to read this month’s white paper and articles, to print out our quick fact sheet, and to view other resources.

July 2023

Venous Leg Ulcers: Introduction to Management Techniques

Venous insufficiency results from venous hypertension, which, left untreated, can lead to skin breakdown and the formation of venous leg ulcers (VLUs). VLUs are common and, unfortunately, stubborn chronic wounds that diminish patients’ quality of life, contribute to morbidity and mortality, and are costly to treat. This guide presents practical information on the latest best practices for prevention and treatment of VLUs. It covers the pathophysiology of venous disease leading to VLU formation, tips for accurate assessment, guidelines for compression therapy, and methods to prevent and treat wound infection in these vulnerable patients. When it comes to preventing and treating VLUs, wound care professionals need all they help they can get. Let this guide be your companion as you navigate wound care in patients with VLUs.

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Understanding Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous disease is the most common cause of lower extremity ulceration, occurring in 3% of those above the age of 80. The pathophysiology of venous ulcers is complex, with multiple theories suggested. One of the problems related to venous ulcer management lies within the research to practice gap. While clinical practice guidelines exist, implementation of these is often inconsistent.

The goal of this program is to delineate management of venous ulcers based on research and summarize guidelines proposed by different organizations in a practical and clinically applicable manner. 

During this program participants will learn:

The causes of venous ulcers
Evaluation of patients with venous ulcers
Procedural interventions that can help reach closure in venous ulcers 
The role of compression therapy in venous ulcer management
Medications and topical therapy effective in treating venous ulcers
Lifestyle and cost considerations in the management of venous ulcers

Venous ulceration is a complex medical condition that requires knowledge of underlying causes, pathology, and management strategies. Management is often focused on local wound care and compression therapy; however, effective management goes far beyond this approach.

Presented by

Amy Tucker, MD

Thu, 06/01/2023 – 11:00
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