Treating Leg Ulcers with Compression Therapy

CPD
1h 30m
Details
CPD1h 30m of CPD
First Published
Updated31 January 2018
Expires 23 January 2019

Course Overview

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

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.

Purpose

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

Need

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.

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
Disclosure

The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medication have been used. Courses include expert peer reviews of the content where applicable.

  • Video Recording Completed: 14/04/2015
  • Video Recording Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Course First Published: 01/02/2018
  • Course Reviewed: N/A
  • Course Republished: N/A
  • Course Expiry Date: 13/11/2018
  • Corrections / changes made: N/A

This CPD/CNE activity will expire on 13/11/2018 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.

Educator

Portrait of Sue Templeton
Sue Templeton

Sue works as a community-based nurse practitioner: wound management in Adelaide. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing persons with a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers wound management education and is involved in the development of wound management tools, policies and procedures. Sue has been actively involved in the wound management professional body at a national and local level for a number of years. Sue has undertaken clinical research and published and presented locally, nationally and internationally. Sue has been involved in the development of several national and international guidelines and is active on several state and national committees. Sue is passionate about improving the life of persons with a wound and empowering others to deliver best practice in wound management. See Educator Profile

Details
CPD1h 30m of CPD
First Published
Updated31 January 2018
Expires
23 January 2019
Topics
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