Dermal Ulcers: Simplifying a Complex Problem

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Visiting Nurses' Association, 5807 Oak Garden Court, Orangevale, CA 95662.

Abstract

As with other nursing problems, management of dermal ulcers requires interventions that are logical, systematic and theory-based. This article outlines five key principles that guide the nurse in treatment of dermal ulcers. Using knowledge of normal skin function and normal healing processes, a model is presented for assessment, identifying treatment goals, and selecting treatment options. Conditions and factors that influence healing are emphasized as part of the assessment process.

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