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Release Date: April 24, 2017
Expiration Date: January 31, 2020
There are two primary types of vascular ulcers: those related to the arterial system, or arterial insufficiency (AI), and those related to the venous system, or venous insufficiency. The two types involve different pathological processes that can lead to chronic wounds.
Skin ulcerations can occur spontaneously; however, most result from a minor traumatic event leading to a chronic wound with full-thickness tissue damage. AI, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and arterial disease are the terms used to represent the disease process causing the chronic wounds or ulcers of lower extremity arterial ulcers.
Chronic venous insufficiency encompasses a variety of anomalies in the venous vascular system of the lower leg. These deviations from normal can range from asymptomatic telangiectasis (spider veins) and varicose veins to more complex conditions involving venous insufficiency ulceration and, in some cases, mixed arterial and venous disease.
The nurse’s understanding and use of accurate terminology is an important part of describing and documenting lower extremity ulcers. Using correct terminology provides important information when formulating an appropriate plan of care, and for billing and coding purposes to ensure reimbursement for care and services is provided.
Quality of life is negatively affected for individuals suffering from long-term CVI and ulceration, causing loss of workdays, pain, mobility issues, and body image concerns. Nurses are able to make a positive impact for this patient population through evidence-based care. This course will provide the nurse with information related to the underlying pathophysiology, nursing assessment and care, surgical interventions including debridement, and key education points in caring for the person with arterial, venous, and mixed etiology ulcers.
- Assess the lower extremity ulcer for pathological findings associated with arterial disease.
- Assess the lower leg for characteristics of venous insufficiency ulcers and plan for short-term and long-term interventions.
Linda Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN, has over 25 years of experience in wound, ostomy, and continence WOC) nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Akron and a Master of Science degree with a minor in education from the University of Phoenix. She is the current program director of the R.B. Turnbull, Jr. MD School of WOC Nursing Education at Cleveland Clinic. Linda also serves the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society™ in a variety of roles and is the current President-elect of the WOCN® Mideast Region. She has authored or coauthored publications on stoma construction, fistula management, nd WOC nursing subjects, and presented on a variety of wound management topics.
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