Treatment Interventions for Lower Extremity Wounds: How and What to Choose
Lower extremity ulcers, whether venous, arterial, or diabetic ulcers, impose a heavy burden on patients and the health care system. These painful and costly wounds diminish patients’ quality of life and lead to 100,000 lower extremity amputations per year in the United States. The importance of ulcer prevention and, in patients with these wounds, a multifaceted approach to management cannot be overstated.
This comprehensive and extensively referenced white paper starts with wound assessment, including vascular assessment and an in-depth comparison of venous, arterial, and diabetic lower extremity ulcers to ensure accurate identification. The guide then turns to treatment options for lower extremity ulcers, with sections ranging from compression therapy to pharmacotherapy and advanced dressings to nutrition and pain management to surgery.
Wound care professionals who treat patients with lower extremity ulcers will appreciate this practical guide to the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of these difficult wounds, with a focus on optimal clinical outcomes.
The following topics are covered in this guide: