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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | June 2021

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Venous leg ulcers and skin changes: improving healing

Venous leg ulcers and skin changes: improving healing
Wound Care

Pages: 36 - 41

Article topics: Lower limb assessment, Skin disorders, Venous leg ulcers, Zinc oxide and ichthammol

Ulceration of the lower limbs can be a painful, debilitating condition which may have a profound effect on the patient physically, psychologically, and socially. With an ageing population, it is likely that we will see greater numbers of patients suffering with chronic wounds and associated skin conditions in the coming years. Where there are variations in care, and sub-optimal treatment regimens, delayed healing may be both common and costly to the NHS. National programmes have been put in place to address these inequities, however all clinicians are integral in the management of patients with wounds to ensure that accurate assessment takes place, both on initial contact and opportunistically throughout the care period. Following assessment, appropriate treatment plans should be implemented, preventing further skin breakdown, and improving outcomes for the patient and healthcare system.

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