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Quick Facts - Lymphedema and Wound Care

Quick Facts - Lymphedema and Wound Care

An estimated 3-5 million Americans have lymphedema, which is caused by an excess of fluid, fat, and other substances that accumulate when the lymphatic system is defective or damaged. Although no cure exists for lymphedema, it can be effectively managed, especially if it is detected early. Treatment options include compression, medication, and surgical intervention.

As important as the lymphatic system is, medical professionals receive almost no lymphatic education while in school. All patients with lymphedema therefore should be seen by an experienced therapist trained in lymphedema assessment and management for optimal clinical outcomes.

This useful fact sheet promotes staff education goals by providing crucial information on the lymphatic system and lymphedema, including the following:

Function of the lymphatic system
Causes of lymphedema
Primary versus secondary lymphedema
Compression therapy
Surgical treatment options
Insurance coverage issues

Download Quick Facts – Lymphedema and Wound Care 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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