Green, J, Boast, G, Calderwood, R and Chambers, R (2020) Optimising the assessment and management of lower limb wounds in general practice. Primary Health Care. ISSN 0264-5033

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Patients who present to general practice with a complex lower limb wound or vascular concerns are often referred to other services for review, which may cause delays to their assessment and treatment. To provide prompt assessment and management for patients with lower leg wounds or vascular concerns, a service improvement project was developed to provide a pathway for these patients. Automated ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) devices were supplied to 19 GP surgeries and one community vascular clinic in the project region, with training, protocols and project leadership also provided. General practice nurses undertook automated ABPI readings for patients with a wound or vascular concern and provided appropriate care. Patients with complex wounds and those with vascular concerns were referred to other services where appropriate. This article describes the results of the service improvement project and its effect on patient care.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: cardiorespiratory - cardiovascular diseases - leg ulcers - peripheral arterial disease - skin - vascular diseases - wound care
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 11:28
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2020 11:28

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