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Management of patients with venous leg ulcers. Challenges and current best practice

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Management of patients with venous leg ulcers. Challenges and current best practice

Chronic Wounds, Leg Ulcer
Publication Year
Peter J Franks et al.
published in
EWMA / Journal of Woundcare
Approx. reading time
180 min (67 pages)


The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) and Wounds Australia have developed this document, aiming to highlight some of the barriers and facilitators related to implementation of VLU guidelines as well as provide clinical practice statements to overcome these and ‘fill the gaps’ currently not covered by the majority of available guidelines.

The expert working committee responsible for this document is composed of HCPs with different professional backgrounds and nationalities, to cover all aspects of VLU management and develop a document that takes the organisational differences across countries into consideration.

The document focus is leg ulcers of a venous origin. The authors of this document alert HCPs to the importance of a correct diagnosis of the type of ulcer being treated. Other types of leg ulcers are described to assist the HCP in determining arterial, mixed aetiology and atypical ulcers and when to consider referral.

Thus, the aim of this document is twofold:

  • To identify barriers and facilitators in the implementation of best practice in the management of a VLU
  • To provide clinical practice statements addressing key aspects to consider when developing an evidence-based leg ulcer service that enhances the patient journey


Peter J Franks et al.
PhD, Professor of Health Sciences and Director, Centre for Research & Implementation of Clinical Practice, London, United Kingdom

Citation reference

Franks, P., Barker, J., Collier, M. et al. Management of patients with venous leg ulcer: challenges and current best practice, J Wound Care, 25; 6, Suppl, 1–67

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