A common feeling among people with venous leg ulcers is depression and hopelessness surrounding their healing.¹
It makes sense, considering how often a wound recurs even after it seems to have healed. For individuals with venous leg ulcers, healing doesn’t mean the same thing as it does to people with acute wounds. For them, healing comes with uncertainty and fear of recurrence.
One of the biggest challenges to healing venous leg ulcers is that patients don’t comply with he standard treatment method: compression. Compression can be uncomfortable for many patients. Which means you can wrap a person’s leg every time you see them, but if they’re not keeping it wrapped for the proper number of days, or they’re not using the right at-home compression garment, then healing may be stalled.
Be sure to start your clinical therapy with the right compression devices, such as AccuWrap, which comes with accuracy indicators to confirm when the ideal compression is applied. Then, when your patients are ready to manage their own compression, it’s even more important to set them up for success by providing at-home compression devices that are easy to put on, easy to adjust and comfortable enough to wear consistently. Look for more innovative products that keep patients’ needs top of mind, such as COMPRECARES, which features an adjustable tab and special wicking fabric.
Remember that proper nutrition can support healing. If patients or residents are malnourished, a clinical supplement can go a long way to providing the protein they need to promote optimal health.
When patients don’t see progress on their wounds, they can once again feel depressed and hopeless, and their quality of life suffers.
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