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Leg Ulcers

A Problem-Based Learning Approach

Using a unique problem-based learning approach, this comprehensive, full-color reference features case studies that link theory to practice. Chapters are written by an international group of 35 contributors and edited by a team of U.K. experts. The depth and scope of the material makes this an ideal core reference text, and an excellent resource for both nurses and medical staff involved in the management of leg ulcers.

Post-registration nurses, nurse specialists, doctors; undergraduate/diplomate nursing and medical students and their teachers


Published: November 2006

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-7234-3524-2


  • Section 1: INTRODUCTION

    1. What is problem-based learning?

    2. Sources of knowledge, evidence-based practice and the development and effective use of reflective portfolios to enhance professional practice

    3. How to make the most of this book

    Section 2: CASE STUDIES

    A simple venous ulcer

    Non-healing venous ulceration

    Complex venous/lymphatic ulceration

    An arterial ulcer progressing to below-knee

    Mixed venous/arterial ulcer

    Arterial ulceration in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis

    A neuropathic diabetic foot ulcer

    An ischaemic diabetic foot

    An ulcer due to Waldenström’s cryoglobulinaemia

    Malignancy in a long-standing venous ulcer

    An ulcer associated with pyoderma gangrenosum

    An ulcer associated with tuberculosis

    An ulcer associated with sickle cell disease

    A tropical ulcer (yaws)

    A self-inflicted ulcer


    4. Epidemiology

    5. Health economics

    6. Models of service provision

    7. A framework for patient assessment and care planning

    8. Causation of venous leg ulcers

    9. Venous ulcers: patient assessment

    10. Compression therapy in leg ulcer management

    11. Surgery and sclerotherapy in the management of venous ulcers

    12. Surgical treatment to cover skin defects, including skin grafting and tissue extension

    13. An overview of pharmacological treatment options for venous leg ulcers

    14. Lymphoedema of the lower limb: causation, assessment and management

    15. Arterial ulcers: theories of causation

    16. Ischaemic ulceration: investigation of arterial disease

    17. Leg ulcers associated with arterial insufficiency: treatment

    18. The diabetic foot

    19. Malignancy, including surgical management

    20. Inflammatory ulcers

    21. Tropical ulcers

    22. Leg ulcers in sickle cell disorders

    23. Wound bed preparation for venous leg ulcers

    24. Skin substitutes

    25. Wound infection

    26. Adjuvant therapies: ultrasound, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, hyperbaric oxygen and vacuum-assisted closure therapy

    27. Dermatological aspects of leg ulcers

    28. Nutritional assessment and support

    29. Principles of best practice minimizing pain at wound-dressing-related procedures: a consensus document

    30. Health-related quality of life with chronic leg ulceration

    31. Psychological aspects of wound healing

    32. Health promotion and patient education


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