Leg Ulcers

Leg Ulcers

Leg ulcers are highly prevalent in the Australian community, and a frequent presentation to general practice. While 70 per cent of chronic leg ulcers are due to venous insufficiency, there are multiple other causes, and they are frequently of mixed aetiology. International guidelines recommend that best care comprises 1. evaluation of aetiology, 2. treatment of underlying cause, 3. wound management, and 4. ongoing monitoring. Chronic leg ulcers are commonly managed in combination with the practice nurse. There is evidence of deficiencies in general practice management of leg ulcers – this is likely to be even greater for GP registrars who will have had limited experience managing such problems.

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Leg ulcers are highly prevalent in the Australian community, and a frequent presentation to general practice. While 70 per cent of chronic leg ulcers are due to venous insufficiency, there are multiple other causes, and they are frequently of mixed aetiology. International guidelines recommend that best care comprises 1. evaluation of aetiology, 2. treatment of underlying cause, 3. wound management, and 4. ongoing monitoring. Chronic leg ulcers are commonly managed in combination with the practice nurse. There is evidence of deficiencies in general practice management of leg ulcers – this is likely to be even greater for GP registrars who will have had limited experience managing such problems.

Leg Ulcers (2307 downloads)

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