A Quick Guide to Venous Stasis Ulcers

If you have treated lower extremity ulcerations, you have most likely encountered venous stasis ulcers (VSUs). These ulcers make up 80% of those that can afflict the lower extremities.* It is estimated that 1% of the US population suffers from VSUs.** Early intervention and proper wound care can help you prevent ulcers from opening and closing them if they do.

Keep in touch with the current research and practices so that you can help your patients reach positive health outcomes. Take a minute to look through these practical resources about venous ulcers, and stay current on the recommended protocols.

Resources and Clinical Articles

Compression therapy for chronic venous insufficiency, lower-leg ulcers, and secondary lymphedema

An estimated 7 million people in the United States have venous disease, which can cause leg edema and ulcers. Approximately 2 to 3 million Americans suffer from secondary lymphedema. Marked by abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the interstitium, secondary lymphedema eventually can cause fibrosis and other tissue and skin changes. In lymphedema, the lymphatic
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ABIs: Do you or don’t you?

You’ve identified your patient’s lower extremity ulcer as a venous ulcer. It has irregular edges, a ruddy wound base, and a moderate amount of drainage. The patient’s bilateral lower extremities are edematous. As a wound care clinician, you know sustained graduated compression is key to healing stasis ulcers and preventing their recurrence. So are you
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Managing venous stasis ulcers

Venous disease, which encompasses all conditions caused by or related to diseased or abnormal veins, affects about 15% of adults. When mild, it rarely poses a problem, but as it worsens, it can become crippling and chronic. Chronic venous disease often is overlooked by primary and cardiovascular care providers, who underestimate its magnitude and impact.
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Dermatologic difficulties: Skin problems in patients with chronic venous insufficiency and phlebolymphedema

Skin problems associated with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and phlebolymphedema are common and often difficult to treat. The CVI cycle of skin and soft tissue injury from chronic disease processes can be unrelenting. If not properly identified and treated, these skin problems can impede the prompt treatment of lymphedema and reduce a patient’s quality of
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