Impact of Chronic Oedema

The impact of chronic oedema can have a devastating effect on the physical, psychological and social well-being of the patient which is unique to each individual patient and should never be underestimated. The effect may include: Physical – increased swelling of...

Chronic Oedema

Causes Chronic oedema is oedema that has been present for 3 months or more. The main causes are: Chronic venous disease Prolonged dependency/immobility e.g. follwing stroke, failure to go to bed, wheelchair bound. Obesity IV drug abuse Medication side effects e.g....

Community Nurses

Welcome to the community nurses’ page. Working in the community, you will encounter a wide range of patients who present with long-term swelling, some of these will be chronic oedema, some will be lymphoedema and others will be palliative oedema or palliative...

Prescribing Compression Hosiery

Information required: Type (e.g.below-knee, thigh with grip-top, tights); Category British standard or Lymphoedema (sometimes referred to as ‘European’ see below); Compression class (strength) e.g. class 1 – 4 (see below); Size (from measurements as...

MLPS

MACMILLAN LYMPHOEDEMA PROJECT FOR SCOTLAND – MLPS The two year Macmillan Funded Lymphoedema Project for Scotland was hosted by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE).  The project came to an end in April 2014.  This webpage is now being...

About the SLPN

The Scottish Lymphoedema Practitioners Network is a group of registered health care professionals who care for people with lymphoedema in a variety of healthcare settings. The purpose of the group is to develop and share best practice; to provide advisory and...

Lymphorrhoea Pathway

Click on this link for an example of a pathway of care for weeping/wet legs (lymphorrhoea). It was developed in Glasgow, but can be adapted to suit the resources and processes in your locality. Lymphorrhoea Pathway

Lymphoedema Specialists

For those who are health care professional with some training in lymphoedema and working as lymphoedema practitioners or specialists we have Resources on Knowledge Network. To access these resources you will need an Athens password and the first time you enter you...

Causes of Chronic Oedema

Chronic venous disease Prolonged dependency/immobility e.g. follwing stroke, failure to go to bed, wheelchair bound. Obesity IV drug abuse Medication side effects e.g. steroids, gabapentin, Amlodipine Significant trauma e.g. burns, degloving etc Chronic organ failure...