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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem
On-line version ISSN 1982-0194
SILVA, Marcelo Henrique da et al. Clinical management of venous ulcers in primary health care. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.3, pp.329-333. ISSN 1982-0194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-21002012000300002.
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the clinical management of venous ulcers in primary health care, based on the vision of users who live with this affliction. METHODS: This was a qualitative, exploratory, descriptive study, conducted with 25 adult users in treatment in the Family Health Units. Data were collected in the second semester of 2008, using a structured instrument with questions of sociodemographic characteristics, type of cleaning, coverings, use of compression therapy, medication and prescribed guidelines. RESULTS: Cleaning products are used that aggravate the granulation tissue, such as coverings with various substances, including sunflower oil and antibiotic ointments; the majority of users do not use measures to control edema. CONCLUSION: It is necessary to elaborate and adopt clinical protocols for the care of venous ulcers, as well as to provide ongoing education for health professionals.
Keywords : Varicose ulcer; Wound healing; Primary health care; Bandages.