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Lower-Extremity Wound Checklist

Hess, Cathy Thomas BSN, RN, CWOCN

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Advances in Skin & Wound Care: March 2011 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 144
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000395043.58892.db
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Venous, arterial, and diabetic ulcers (often referred to as lower-extremity ulcers), as well as pressure ulcers, are commonly encountered. Managing these frequently problematic wounds can be difficult, exacting a costly toll on the patient's well-being. In addition, healthcare expenditures in the United States related to the evaluation and management of vascular wounds are estimated to run into the billions of dollars.

Management of vascular, diabetic, and pressure ulcers has improved over the past decade as clinicians have realized the importance of proactive measures and a multidisciplinary team approach. Use this detailed checklist to assist you in assessing the patient with lower extremity wounds. Best of luck in your skin and wound healing!

Source: Hess CT. Clinical Guide to Skin and Wound Care. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.