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Caring for lower leg wounds and chronic oedema in the community

Caring for patients in a community setting continues to offer challenges to nurses and therapists because of the complexities of patientsí intricate and complicated conditions. The demand on district nursing is increasing as more patients are being cared for in their own homes with no additional resources to support nurses. Management of lower leg wounds dominates the workload. Compression bandaging has historically been the treatment of choice to reduce oedema and heal venous leg ulcers. However, there are safe and reliable alternatives to assist community nurses in their practice. Getting compression therapy right first time achieves many positive aspects: it improves patient quality of life, reduces costs, and enhances staff morale and job satisfaction. This article explores some of the challenges nurses face, and offers solutions with the use of the juxta range from medi UK.