Leg Ulcer Care & Management
As part of my home nursing service I also can provide clients with leg ulcers care and management .
I recently looked after a clients leg ulcers wounds who had been suffering quite badly for quite a while. When I first started caring for her and managing her leg ulcers it looked like this;
Subsequently, using the methods I had been taught throughout my nursing training, after a few months of managing her vascular leg ulcers in then looked like this;
And this is the testimonial that they gave me for the service I provided;
Reference: Christine Sadler, Jávea, Spain.
Claire has been treating and dressing my leg ulcer for the past 4 months from October 2018 to the beginning of February 2019 . The method of treatment I received I am very pleased with the service that Claire provided.
Most venous leg ulcers heal within 3 to 4 months if they're treated by a healthcare professional trained in compression therapy for leg ulcers.
But some ulcers may take longer to heal and a very small number never heal, using compression, such as bandages or stockings, to improve the flow of blood in the legs.
Venous ulcers are chronic wounds, caused by venous insufficiency and are the most common type of leg ulcer, affecting around 1% of the population and 3% of people aged over 80.
Venous leg ulcers are painful, distressing and have a considerable impact on quality of life.
Treatments for venous leg ulcers:
CleansingWound: cleansing is an integral part of managing venous ulcers.
Compression: compression therapy, with bandages or stockings, promotes healing through aiding venous return and is the first-line treatment for venous leg ulcers.
Dressings: dressings are usually applied to open ulcers. As well as offering protection, dressings may be chosen for other reasons, such as antimicrobial properties or absorption of exudate. As well as a wide range of types of dressings available, there are a number of topical products, used to reduce infection risk, aid exudate absorption or promote wound healing by other means, as well as topical painkilling agents.
Every leg ulcer is unique and people react differently to the variety of topical treatments but personally, with most of the clients I have cared for with this condition, I have found that the following treatment consistently produces very positive results;
clean the wound throughly
apply a wound gel using a honey dressing follow this with a
apply a 3/4 layer compression bandage
After a few months the results should show for themselves.
Manuka Honey has been used for its healing properties for centuries and has been used to successfully heal wounds including pressure-ulcers.
The honey seemed to act as an effective antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and deodorizing dressing, with total healing of the ulcer achieved.
This result, together with past successes with the use of honey alginate on ulcerated wounds, has led to this product becoming mainstream in the treatment of chronic wounds.
Honey dressing is one of many natural products that give great results.