Friday, 16 August 2013

Varicose veins and leg ulcers - advice on NICE guidelines

The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines at the end of July 2013, for patients with:
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous eczema
  • Leg ulcers

Advice on the NICE guidelines for Varicose Veins and what it will mean
to patients with varicose veins and leg ulcers
The Whiteley Clinic has developed advice for patients with venous problems who want to know what the optimal assessment and treatment is.

This advice covers:
  • Who should you be referred to - What is a proper vascular service?
  • Which patients with varicose veins should be referred
  • Which patients with leg ulcers should be referred
  • What treatment you should be given ... endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), foam sclerotherapy but NOT stripping 
  • What to do if you are told to wear support stockings rather than be referred
The NICE guidelines should results in patients with vein problems getting proper referral and treatment from now onwards.

To read full advice see:

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