Venous leg ulcer is a condition that is reportedly caused by wounds suffered by individuals and last over a long duration of time (Finlayson & Edwards, 2015). Additionally, they claim that the disease can be controlled but the success of achieving this prevention is based on how the patient in question is willing and able to take precautions based on the information given by physicians. Also, they claim that success in managing the condition is dependent mainly on the ability of the patient to use to follow the right elevation angle to rest the leg as well as being active. However, they found that compression therapy that is a wide-spread treatment toll was not very effective in managing the condition. Finlayson and Edwards, (2015) claim that the physical environment, as well as the angle in which the affected leg is placed during rest, could also be significant in managing the disorder.
Adderly and Thompson (2016) carried out a survey on the importance of education in handling cases related to venous ulcers. In their finding, they claim that trained nurses whether they deal with general hospital conditions or they have specialized in the field may not cause much difference in their ability to deal with the condition (Adderly & Thompson, 2016). However, they insist that it is necessary for all individuals to carry out examinations at specific intervals and hospitals ability to invest in nurses who are able to handle the condition may play an important role in marketing that patients are taken care of in the manner they are supposed to (Adderly & Thompson).
Todd (2016) insists that although the condition has been spread across the population if specific strategies are employed, can be prevented. He credits the severity of the condition to the fact that only a small percentage of the affected individuals seek medical attention. Due to lack of proper mechanisms to diagnose the condition, many patients of the same may spend long durations in hospitals trying to remedy the condition which in turn has a negative impact on the patient when they grow impatient (Todd, 2016). They also claim due to demographic issues such as long live expectancy and poor lifestyle choices, chances of increase of the number of people affected raises. Hospitals should encourage their staff to familiarize themselves with the condition because they play a vital role in success in control of the same (Todd, 2016). Consequently, the patient should be part of the management process such that they are provided with the right information and tools to use during the journey to recovery which when correctly followed, there is a higher chance of recovery as opposed to those who do not follow the recommended self-medication procedures. In addition, they should be enlightened on a specific day to day activity that may slow down recovery (Todd, 2016).
Engaging in physical leg activities as well as the already proven compression treatment is a sure method of controlling the disease (Heinen et al 2012). As such, staying active is one of the most crucial things people can practice to avoid or control the ailment. Given all the expected procedures are properly laid out to the participating parties, it is necessary to determine whether the participants follow them up as expected (Heinen et al). Report of this study showed that compliance to all the treatment recommendations such as wearing the right attire, exercising the legs and ensuring that wounds are treated within a short time has enhanced control of the condition (Heinen et al 2012)
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