Lower extremity wounds come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be caused by a variety of disease states. In the United States, it’s estimated that up to 13 percent of the population has one, and together they cost the healthcare system more than $20 billion.1
As with any chronic wound, using evidence-based best practices can empower you to do the right thing for your patients. There are many ways to approach treatment, but to organize and remember the steps, the pneumonic DIMES comes in handy. It stands for debridement, infection/inflammation, moisture management, edge/environment, and support products and services.
Lower extremity wounds can be difficult to treat. The best place to start is by learning how to identify each wound correctly. Then follow up with the right protocols and products to help your patients’ wounds heal. Download these 3 educational posters to sharpen your wound care expertise and share with your peers.
Consider products with innovative features that make it easier for you to do the right thing to help moisturize dry skin and manage lower extremity wounds.