Nursing treatment of patients with chronic leg ulcers in the community

Roe, Brenda, Griffiths, J M, Kenrick, M, Cullum, N A and Button, J L (1994) Nursing treatment of patients with chronic leg ulcers in the community. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 3 (3). pp. 159-168. ISSN 0962-1067 DOI

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A descriptive survey of current reported practice by 146 community nurses for their nursing treatment of leg ulcers was undertaken. Sixty-four per cent of nurses reported they would apply compression bandages to only venous ulcers; in only 23% of cases could the products described achieve an adequate level of compression. A variety of modern wound dressings were used by the nurses; 89% of nurses reported using a combination of different products layered over the ulcer. There is no evidence that this has any beneficial effect and could therefore be a potential waste of money, as well as contributing to allergic skin reactions. It would be useful if primary-health-care teams and Family Health Service Authority information pharmacists formulated protocols based upon effective treatments for patients with chronic leg ulcers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 11:43

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