Journal articlesThe leg ulceration pathway: impact of implementation

The leg ulceration pathway: impact of implementation

07/11/17 | Assessment and diagnosis, Leg Ulcers, Wellbeing and concordance | Leanne Atkin, Annette Critchley

Leg ulceration continues to be a common cause of suffering for patients and the treatment of these patients continues to place a significant burden on the NHS, especially community nursing services. In 2016, Atkin and Tickle (2016) detailed that the implementation of a pathway for the treatment of leg ulceration which aids diagnosis and uses compression hosiery kits as a first line could improve the patient experience, release nursing time and ensure effectiveness of care. This article provides information about the pathway, details relating to the introduction to community services and will quantify the impact in terms of healing and reduction in nursing time.