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Recommendations for Lower Limb Ulcers

Date: November, 2020
Published by: National Wound Care Strategy
Access: Open
Condition: Leg Ulcers

Lower limb – recommendations for clinical care

Use of compression therapy to treat lower limb wounds across Europe: a scoping review protocol

Date: September, 2020
Published by: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Authors: Samuriwo R, Christiansen N, Hopkins A.
Access: Open Access
Condition: Compression Therapy

Poor lower wound care is an avoidable patient harm. Compression therapy is an effective way of treating non-ischaemic lower limbs wounds, but it is not always used appropriately. There are many guidelines which set out how compression therapy should be used, but there is dearth of evidence about how it is actually used at a population level across Europe.

Position Paper for Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (Abpi)

Date: October, 2018
Published by: The British Lymphology Society’s (BLS)
Authors: R. Elwell et al.
Access: Open Access
Condition: Lymphoedema & Cellulitis

The ABPI is the ratio of the blood pressure at the ankle to the blood pressure in the upper arm. Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg suggests blocked arteries due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). ABPI is calculated by dividing the systolic blood pressure at the ankle by the systolic blood pressure in the arm. ABPI is only part of vascular lower limb assessment along with the patient’s past medical history and current medication, and recording of symptoms and risk factors and a clinical examination being of paramount importance.

A Randomized Trial of Early Endovenous Ablation in Venous Ulceration

Date: May, 2018
Published by: New England Medical Journal
Authors: MS Gohel, F Heatley, X Liu, A Bradbury et al.
Access: Purchase fee to New England Medical Journal
Condition: Leg Ulcers

Venous disease is the most common cause of leg ulceration. Although compression therapy improves venous ulcer healing, it does not treat the underlying causes of venous hypertension. Treatment of superficial venous reflux has been shown to reduce the rate of ulcer recurrence, but the effect of early endovenous ablation of superficial venous reflux on ulcer healing remains unclear.

Management of diabetes – A national clinical guideline. SIGN 116

Date: March, 2010 updated November, 2017
Published by: Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
Authors: SIGN
Access: Open Access
Condition: Diabetic Foot

These guidelines will be of interest to healthcare professionals involved in the management of people with diabetes, including diabetologists, diabetes specialist nurses, general practitioners, pharmacists and practice nurses. They will also be of interest to people with diabetes and their carers, voluntary organisations and policy makers. The target users for SIGN 116 also includes those who interact with people with diabetes outside of the NHS, such as parents and teachers.

File size: (1.24 MB PDF)

Development of a generic wound care assessment minimum data set

Date: November, 2017
Published by: Journal of Tissue Viability
Authors: S. Coleman, A. Nelson, P. Vowden, K. Vowden, U. Adderley et al
Access: Open Access
Condition: Wound Management

This article incorporates experts in the wound care field considering the evidence of a literature review and their experience to agree the assessment criteria to be included in the MDS.

File size: (4.34 MB PDF)

Venous leg ulcers: evidence review

Date: October, 2017
Published by: Evidently Cochrane
Authors: S. Chapman
Access: Open Access
Condition: Leg Ulcers

This venous leg ulcers article is for nurses, and is one of a series of evidence reviews written by Sarah Chapman for the British Journal of Community Nursing during 2017. It was published there in September.

Management of Patients with Leg Ulcers

Date: October, 2017
Published by: The Royal Society of Medicine Venous Forum
Access: Open Access
Condition: Leg Ulcers

The Royal Society of Medicine Venous Forum has produced a useful one page guide to managing venous leg ulceration.

File size: (185.81 KB PDF)

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