What is a Venous Leg Ulcer?
- A venous leg ulcer (VLU) is a wound caused by poor blood circulation in the legs, as a result of lower extremity venous disease.
- Leg ulcers are estimated to affect 60,000 Canadians
- This ulcer occurs due to ineffectively functioning veins that cause a buildup of pressure or “pooling” of blood in the veins.
- The common side effect is swelling, painful and itchy skin of the affected leg, that can eventually lead to the development of skin breakdown.
- This type of wound is not easy to heal, especially if inappropriate care or products are implemented, which can lead to infection and more suffering.
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- Our team of wound care specialists are highly skilled in assessment and management of VLU.
- We will place individuals with VLU on the right care pathway to achieve wound healing.
- Our collaborative approach ensures individuals and their caregiver’s have a say to express their needs, concerns and preferences.
- We engage our clients in self-care of legs, management of symptoms and infection reduction.
- In our first appointment a comprehensive assessment will be done to identify individuals needs and address risk factors preventing healing and develop a care plan based on best practices guidelines for VLU management.
- We also provide ongoing follow-ups and support until wound closure.
- Individuals and caregivers are guided by our collaborative approach and with the support of our virtual platform they will be able to upload photos of their wounds any time and get our expert guidance from anywhere.