Leg ulceration is a common cause of suffering for patients, additionally it places a significant burden on health care systems. A recent study undertaken by Guest et al. (2015) projected that there were 730,000 patients within the UK with leg ulceration, equating to 1.5% of the adult population. This is estimated to cost the NHS up to £600 million every year (Healthcare Commission, 2004). This session will: review the evidence base relating to the management of leg ulceration; discuss variations in clinical practice; and describe ways in which quality and efficiency could be improved; highlighting future developments in the management of lower limb ulceration.
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HEALTHCARE COMMISSION 2004. National Audit of the Management of Leg Ulcers Healthcare Commission, London
This lecture is presented by Ms. Leanne Atkin, UK