Venous leg ulcer management

Nuttall, Dilyse orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0561-5229 (2017) Venous leg ulcer management. Nurse Prescribing, 15 (2). p. 62. ISSN 2052-2924

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2016) define a leg ulcer as a loss of skin on the foot or the leg (below the knee), which has not healed within 2 weeks and is considered chronic if not healed within 4 weeks. The cause of venous leg ulcers is prolonged venous hypertension consequential of an insufficient calf muscle pump and/or chronic venous insufficiency. Symptoms of venous leg ulceration include swelling, pain and itching, which is sometimes accompanied by foul-smelling discharge and hardening of the skin around the skin-loss (NHS Choices, 2016).

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