Venous Stasis Ulcer

  1. Definition of "venous stasis ulcer."



  1. Factors that may increase risk of venous stasis ulcers.



  1. Signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency.



  1. Measures to prevent or manage venous stasis ulcers.


    1. Eat a well-balanced diet high in protein, vitamin C, and iron.   (Provide "Daily Food Guide" handouts.)

    2. Use safety precautions to avoid trauma.

      1. Avoid heating pads, hot water bottles, etc.

      2. Provide good lighting.

      3. Remove clutter and obstacles.

    3. Promote good circulation.

  1. Maintain optimal weight.

  2. Exercise regularly.

  3. Wear elastic support hose.

  4. Avoid constrictive clothing.

  1. Avoid extreme temperatures.

  2. Avoid nicotine and caffeine.

  3. Promote cleanliness of wound as ordered by physician.

  4. Elevate legs to decrease edema.

  5. Apply unna boots per physician order.


  1. Possible complications of venous stasis ulcers.


    1. Infection.

    2. Recurrence of venous stasis ulcer.

    3. Amputation of extremity.