Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Venous Leg Ulcers

Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Venous Leg Ulcers 

Understanding the venous circulatory system and venous leg ulcer (VLU) etiology is fundamental to VLU prevention and treatment. Holistic assessment is required to identify an appropriate plan of care. The application of critical thinking skills for decision making promotes evidence-based treatment to impact outcomes. Consistent, definitive, and descriptive documentation is the communication tool used by all healthcare providers to monitor progress and revise the plan of care as needed. Nursing has a pivotal role in this challenging and complex process. In this course, you will learn about lower extremity venous disease (LEVD) and the assessment, documentation, treatment, and prevention of VLUs.The goal of this course is to educate nurses in any healthcare setting about LEVD and the assessment, documentation, treatment, and prevention of VLUs.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-ATPVU
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Explain at least two causes, symptoms, and risk factors for lower extremity venous disease (LEVD).
List at least four assessment findings that are common in VLUs.
Describe at least two interventions in a comprehensive treatment plan for an individual with VLUs.
Identify the proper use of at least three types of dressings in the treatment of VLUs.


Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Venous Leg Ulcers

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Lower Extremity Venous Disease (LEVD)

Venous Circulation

Pathogenesis of Lower Extremity Venous Disease

Symptoms of LEVD

Classification of LEVD

Risk Factors for LEVD

Venous Leg Ulcers (VLUs)



Section 3: Assessment and Documentation



Wound Size and Shape

Wound Edges

Wound Bed


Peri-Wound Skin Condition


Assessment Frequency



Section 4: Treatment

The Treatment Plan


Topical Wound Management Options

Alginate Dressings

Hydrofiber Dressings

Foam Dressings

Hydrocolloids Dressings

Hydrogel Dressings

Transparent Adhesive Film Dressings

Gauze Dressings

Dressing Changes


Treating Infection

Compression Therapy

Types of Compression

Other Measures

The Healing Process



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Mary Arnold Long, DNP, APRN, CRRN, CWOCN-AP, ACNS-BC

Mary Arnold Long received her BSN from the College of Mount St. Joseph, her MSN from the University of Cincinnati, her ET Certificate from Abbott Northwestern Hospital and her DNP from Otterbein University.  Dr. Arnold Long has over 35 years of nursing experience and over 25 years as an expert board-certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse practicing in multiple settings. Her contributions to evidence-based practice and literature include colostomy irrigation; body worn absorptive garments; interventions post-catheter removal; assessment, management and coding of moisture-associated skin damage; and classification of device-related pressure injuries/ulcers.  

Disclosure: Mary Arnold Long, DNP, APRN, CRRN, CWOCN-AP, ACNS-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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