Nursing treatment of patients with chronic leg ulcers in the community

Brenda Roe, J M Griffiths, M Kenrick, N A Cullum, J L Button

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-168
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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Roe, B., Griffiths, J. M., Kenrick, M., Cullum, N. A., & Button, J. L. (1994). Nursing treatment of patients with chronic leg ulcers in the community. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 3(3), 159-168.