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Authors

  1. WIPKE-TEVIS, DEIDRE D. PHD, RN, BC
  2. SAE-SIA, WIPA MSN

Abstract

Vascular leg ulcers are a significant clinical problem. To reach positive patient outcomes in the most cost-effective way, clinicians must understand the pathogenesis and treatment of these ulcers. This article differentiates the pathogenesis of venous and arterial ulcers and describes critical treatment aspects. Interventions include modifying activity, promoting blood flow, applying compression therapy, providing local wound and skin care, improving nutrition, and treating infection.