1h 30m

Treating Leg Ulcers with Compression Therapy

This Course assists health professionals who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.

12 Nov 2015

Learning Outcomes


Describe the considerations necessary prior to applying compression therapy


Explain the different types of compression therapy commonly used and their advantages and disadvantages


Describe the principles of applying compression therapy


State the education and information required for patients having compression therapy



enjoyed this lesson, thanks heaps -- 18 Mar 2018
good practical demonstration -- 05 Mar 2018
A very hands on and effective approach to visually watching the application of compression therapies. Good explanation of difficulties or out comes of wrong technique of applications. Very clear and easy to understand. -- 03 Mar 2018
Excellent teaching on correct application of different types of compression bandages. -- 02 Mar 2018
Brilliant, Brilliant & Brilliant. Love the clear demonstration. -- 23 Feb 2018
Excellent and good to have demonstrations. -- 21 Feb 2018
We should be educate ourself and discuss with colleques....we are professionals -- 16 Feb 2018
Great presentation with regular reinforcement of learning. -- 11 Feb 2018
This topic provided me a better and gained so much new skills to my daily nursing practice -- 10 Feb 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals: I would recommend this education session to all RNs & NPs who are required to undertake wound care as part of their nursing practice -- 07 Feb 2018
highly recomend -- 04 Feb 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Applying compression therapy
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Patient education and compression therapy

Target audience

Health professionals working in acute care, outpatient departments, General Practice and domiciliary settings who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.


Assist health professionals to be able to safely and effectively apply compression therapy to the lower limb.


Chronic venous insufficiency is a common condition in Australia, which can lead to venous leg ulcers. About 1% of Australians over the age of 60 live with a venous leg ulcer. In 2012 this equated to over 42,600 persons. Venous leg ulcers consume significant health resources and impact the lives of those who live with them. Compression therapy promotes healing of venous leg ulcers and is the recognised primary management strategy. To safely and effectively initiate, apply and monitor compression therapy clinicians require appropriate training, skills and confidence. However, many lack the necessary skills and confidence in compression therapy and therefore patients who could benefit are not offered compression therapy. Increased use of compression therapy to manage venous leg ulcers would result in improved patient outcomes and significant savings to the health care budget of governments, service providers and patients.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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