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Objectives


The objectives of the development and implementation of these resources is to help Health Care Providers to:

  • Find practical, evidence-based resources to use when caring for individuals that have or who are at risk of developing, venous leg ulcers
  • Perform a comprehensive patient assessment including assessing for indicators of venous leg ulcers that will not heal in the inpatient and outpatient care settings (Acute Care, Long Term Care and Community Care Settings)
  • Identify the correct etiology of lower leg ulcers
  • Recognize/ differentiate between venous stasis dermatitis and lower leg cellulitis; and obtain appropriate interventions
  • Arrange for a holistic Lower Leg Assessment including ABPIs in order to recommend/implement the appropriate compression therapy. If patient is a diabetic, toe pressures should be obtained.
  • Perform accurate wound assessment including progress towards healing
  • Recognize signs & symptoms of infection and identify treatment interventions
  • Increase the use and implementation of evidence-based venous leg ulcer treatment plans including pain management using pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
  • Identify and implement appropriate topical wound care and compression therapy
  • Understand the need for a comprehensive plan for “Compression for life”
  • Improve the coordination and communication between care providers/care institutions regarding the transfer/discharge plan for patients with venous leg ulcers
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