Treating Leg Ulcers with Compression Therapy
This Course assists health professionals who manage people with Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers.
DescribeDescribe the considerations necessary prior to applying compression therapy
ExplainExplain the different types of compression therapy commonly used and their advantages and disadvantages
DescribeDescribe the principles of applying compression therapy
StateState the education and information required for patients having compression therapy
Sue Templeton works as the Nurse Practitioner Wound Management for RDNS SA. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing 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 involved in AWMA/Wounds Australia 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 in a number of 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.
- Applying compression therapy
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Patient education and compression therapy
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.