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Clinical evidence

For Leg Ulcer Hosiery Kit

Implementing an optimal venous leg ulcer care pathway across community and primary care services - closing the circle through integration

Adopting a new algorithm which includes timely assessement, training and full compression on apppropriate patients, has increased healing rates and job satisfaction for clinicians.

Author: Alison Schofield, Tissue Viability Service Lead & Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Publication: Tissue Viablilty Conference April 2018
Date: April 22nd, 2018


An audit of leg ulcer care and adoption of an alternative pathway using hosiery kits

Winter pressures needed a new approach to treat venous leg ulcers, Activa and ActiLymph hosiery kits were the answer

Author: Joy Tickle, Tissue Viability Specialist
Publication: Poster Harrogate Wounds UK 2015
Date: December 11th, 2017


The leg ulceration pathway: impact of implementation

The implementation of a pathway for the treatment of leg ulceration which aids diagnosis and uses compression hosiery kits as a first line has been shown in audits to improve the patient experience, release nursing time and ensure effectiveness of care.

Author: Dr Leanne Atkin
Publication: Wounds UK, Vol 13, No 4, 2017
Date: November 27th, 2017


An audit of the use of compression hosiery kits as first line treatment of patients with leg ulceration in leg ulcer clinics

n an effort to reduce waiting times it was decided to increase the number of patients using hosiery kits as first line treatment for their leg ulcer. An audit showed this approach reduced referral waiting times and time to healing.

Author: Clare Lazelle & Becky Joyce,
Publication: Wounds UK Poster November 2017
Date: November 24th, 2017


My Venous Leg Ulcer : Patient Passport

A poster about the success of introducing a VLU passport kept by the patient to bring all the key elements of patient leg ulcer management in one document.

Author: Liz Ettridge, Tissue Viability Nurse,
Publication: Wounds UK Poster November 2017
Date: November 24th, 2017


Leg Ulcer Treatment Pathway

Based on the Best Practice Statement for the holistic treatment of venous leg ulcers, this shows the Activa/L&R products that can be used.

Author: L&R
Publication: In house
Date: May 18th, 2017


An audit of the use of compression hosiery kits as first line treatment of patients with leg ulceration in leg ulcer clinics

Average healing times were reduced by 47% from 55 days down to 29 days when this clinic started to use Activa and ActiLymph hosiery kits as first line for VLUs

Author: Clare Lazelle & Becky Joyce
Publication: EWMA 2017 ePoster
Date: May 8th, 2017


What is the patient experience of healing in a hosiery kit?

Ian, a clinician himself, suffered from a leg ulcer following a DVT. He talks frankly about the impact the wound had on his life and how wearing an ActiLymph hosiery kit made him feel "normal again" .

Author: Payne and Richardson
Publication: Journal of Community Nursing
Date: March 30th, 2017


Best Practice Statement holistic management of venous leg ulceration

This Best Practice Statement (BPS) is written for healthcare practitioners in all care settings who are treating patients with (or at risk of developing) venous leg ulcers (VLU’s). The aim of the guideline is to help ensure consistent clinical practice in relation to the assessment and management of people with VLU’s

Author: Jacqui Fletcher et al
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: November 27th, 2016


Clinical and cost-effectiveness of compression hosiery versus compression bandages in treatment of venous leg ulcers (Venous leg Ulcer Study IV, VenUS IV): a randomised controlled trial

The RCT found leg ulcer hosiery kits (kits from L&R were included in the trial) have equivalent healing rates as 4L bandages and fewer patient whose ulcers healed wearing kits recurred.

Author: Ashby et al
Publication: The Lancet
Date: October 4th, 2015

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Adopting a new model for leg ulcer care

Hosiery kits are suggested as the first line treatment for leg ulcers. Based on the VenUS IV trial findings hosiery kits have associated economical, clinical and patient benefits.

Author: Wounds UK
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: October 2nd, 2015


Compression hosiery kits for the treatment of venous leg ulceration

A CPD article on hosiery kits, answering what they are, which patients they suit and the supporting clinical evidence.

Author: Journal of General Practice Nursing
Publication: Journal of General Practice Nursing
Date: May 1st, 2015


Best Practice Statement Compression hosiery

To guide practice and encourage a consistent and cohesive approach to care, this best practice statement covers the following areas of concern to HCPs who work with patients who use compression hosiery

Author: Jackie Stephen-Haynes et al
Publication: Wounds UK
Date: March 1st, 2015



Allun has bilateral leg ulcers, a Activa Leg Ulcer Kit was used successfully to reduce his ulcers and improve his well being. The kit was used following the VenUs IV study highlighting cost and clinical benefits.

Author: Sian Dilon, Michelle Eaglen
Publication: Harrogate Poster
Date: November 14th, 2014


How to select the best compression hosiery for your patient

This article looks at how compression hosiery can manage and prevent venous leg problems, the difference between British and European standard hosiery and concordance.

Author: JCN Learning Zone
Publication: Journal of Community Nursing
Date: October 1st, 2014


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