141993 - Lower Leg Ulcer Management
- : Online
The Lower Leg Ulcer Management module was developed through an analysis of the literature and in accordance with National and International evidence-based leg ulcer guidelines and consensus documents. The aim of this online module is to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and understanding to assess and manage all leg ulcers within the community as well as within a health care setting.Relevance to General Practice
A chronic leg ulcer is a defect in the skin surface below the knee that does not proceed through the normal stages of healing in an orderly fashion.
Chronic ulceration of the lower legs is a commonly occurring condition that causes pain, social distress and results in considerable cost to the health care system and the individual costs.
CLU is a common cause of morbidity, and its prevalence in the community ranges from 1.9% to 13.1%. Chronic venous leg ulcers (VLUs) affect up to 1% of the adult population in the developed world.4 Affecting up to 3% of those aged over 60 years, increasing to over 5% of those aged over 80 years, they are the most common type of leg ulcer, accounting for 70% - 90% of all leg ulcer cases are the most common chronic wounds seen in general practice, managed most often by the general practitioner and, in some cases, by their practice nurses.