Georgina Casey examines the underlying physiology of the causes of common leg ulcers, and offers advice on the assessment, treatment and management of ulcers of both venous and arterial origin
The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the underlying physiology of the causes of common leg ulcers, thus giving the nurse a rationale for the appropriate assessment and treatment of these wounds.
After reading this article you should be able to:
Discuss common causes of leg ulcers
Distinguish between venous and arterial ulceration
Outline the types of assessments used to determine aetiology of leg ulcers
Provide a physiological rationale for different treatments.
Primary Health Care. 9, 4, 31-36. doi: 10.7748/phc1999.05.9.4.31.c645
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