Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Assessment
  1. Assessment and clinical investigations should be undertaken by healthcare professional(s) trained and experienced in leg ulcer management.
  2. A comprehensive clinical history and physical examination including limb and ulcer assessment (see Leg Ulcer Assessment Form) should be performed and recorded for a client presenting with either their first or recurrent leg ulcer and should be ongoing thereafter.
  3. Information relating to ulcer history should be documented in a structured format.
  4. Regular limb and ulcer assessment is essential to monitor treatment effectiveness and healing goals.