Behind each clinician, there is an everyday superhero, with one mission : improve leg ulcer care and reduce healing time. The URGO Foundation has partnered with European learned societies since 2017 to organize the European Leg Ulcer and Compression Days. Growing success for these days which, in 2019, saw the Netherlands join France, Spain and the United Kingdom.
To raise awareness and train healthcare professionals in the proper use of medical compression to improve the treatment of predominantly venous leg ulcers : these are the goals pusued by the European Leg Ulcer and Compression Days.
210 days is the average healing time for a leg ulcer , which means 210 days of pain, isolation and reduced mobility for patients. This alteration of their quality of life can have a heavy psychological and social impact. Nearly 440,000 patients in France are affected, representing prolonged care and high costs for the healthcare system.
Because every day without a wound makes a difference for patients, the challenge is to reduce the healing time of leg ulcers. With appropriate treatment including compression to promote venous return, it is now possible to significantly reduce the healing time of patients suffering from this condition.
1] REPORT TO THE MINISTER IN CHARGE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND TO PARLIAMENT ON THE EVOLUTION OF HEALTH INSURANCE EXPENSES AND INCOME FOR 2014 (LAW OF AUGUST 13, 2004) – JULY 2013;
 RAPPORT AU MINISTRE CHARGÉ DE LA SÉCURITÉ SOCIALE ET AU PARLEMENT SUR L’ÉVOLUTION DES CHARGES ET DES PRODUITS DE L’ASSURANCE MALADIE AU TITRE DE 2014 (LOI DU 13 AOÛT 2004) – JUILLET 2013 ;
A successful 3rd edition
Joining forces for a better management of leg ulcers: this is the objective of the European Leg Ulcer and Compression Days. The 3rd edition was conducted in France, Spain, the United Kingdom and extended to the Netherlands for an even wider dissemination of training.
Workshops, colloquia and webinars are organized in leg ulcer management centers in France to raise awareness of the treatment among the healthcare professionals involved – specialists, general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists – as well as patients.
An educational video game has also been developed to share best care practices. Through a narrative pathway, it aims to disseminate best care practices, educate on early diagnosis, give tips for dialoguing with the patient, the clinician’s point of view, etc. Nearly 3,800 participants attended the 2019 edition was attended.