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Quick Facts – Lower Extremity Wounds

Quick Facts - Lower Extremity Wounds

Lower extremity wounds are common and costly to both patients and the health care system, and rates of wound recurrence are high. Chronic wounds of the lower extremity are frequently linked to poor patient outcomes, including increased morbidity and mortality. These wounds, many of which can be prevented, also increase the risk of recurrent hospitalizations for infection, sepsis, and possible amputation.

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus type 2, peripheral arterial disease, and other predisposing factors is increasing. Wound care professionals are therefore treating greater numbers of patients with chronic and often non-healing lower extremity wounds related to these underlying conditions.

This fact sheet is packed with the latest information on lower extremity wounds, including methods to prevent wound recurrence. Health care professionals will welcome this useful overview of these common wounds. The fact sheet covers the following topics, among others:

Epidemiology of lower extremity wounds and predisposing diseases
Prevention of wound recurrence
Elevational pallor, dependent rubor, and other symptoms
Pain perception and chronic pain
Lower extremity wounds and quality of life
Financial burden of lower extremity wounds

Download Quick Facts – Lower Extremity Wounds to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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