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Quick Facts - Venous Leg Ulcers

Quick Facts - Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are often precipitated by trauma in the setting of chronic venous insufficiency. VLUs are the most common type of chronic lower extremity ulcerations. Complications can include infection, malignancy, amputation, and even death.

Proactive VLU management is crucial for healing and preventing recurrence. With the use of therapeutic compression and appropriate dressings, you and your staff can aid VLU healing, reduce recurrence rates, and improve your patients’ quality of life.

This fact sheet contains practical information for staff education on VLU management. The following topics are covered:

Definition and categories of VLUs
VLU causes and precipitating factors
Causes of chronic venous insufficiency
Incidence of VLUs
Therapeutic compression garment options
Appropriate dressing types
VLU complications, including malignant transformation and infections
Compression dressing protocol
Pain management
Patient education on exercise
VLU healing trajectory

Download Quick Facts – Venous Leg Ulcers 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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