Leg ulcer

Because leg ulcers are a serious burden for patients, caregivers and healthcare systems, the URGO Foundation has taken part in the fight since 2017 with the European Leg Ulcer and Compression Days.

The objectives of the European Leg Ulcer and Compression Days ?

Raising awareness and training healthcare professionals in the proper use of medical compression to improve the treatment of venous leg ulcers.

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210 days is the average time it takes for a leg ulcer to heal[1], which means 210 days of pain, confinement and reduced mobility for patients. This deterioration in their quality of life can have a heavy psychological and social impact. Some 440,000 patients are estimated to be affected in France, which means prolonged care and high costs for the healthcare system.

Because every wound-free day makes a difference to patients, the challenge is to accelerate healing time of leg ulcers. With an appropriate treatment including compression to favour venous return, the healing time can significantly be reduced for patients suffering from this condition.

[1] Report to the Minister in charge of Social Security and to Parliament on the evolution of health insurance costs and income for 2014 (law of 13 August 2004), July 2013.

United for better treatment of leg ulcers: a wide-scale scheme deployed in 4 countries

In 2017, the 1st European Compression Days, organized jointly in France and Spain, brought together a total of 2,200 healthcare professionals. In 2018, the initiative was repeated in France and Spain and extended to the United Kingdom. More than 3,000 healthcare professionals were trained, making it a huge success.

In 2019, the event was held in France, Spain and the United Kingdom and extended to the Netherlands for an even broader distribution of the training courses. Workshops, symposia and webinars were held in leg ulcer management centres in France to raise awareness about treatment among healthcare professionals concerned—specialists, general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists—as well as patients. An educational video game was also developed to share best care practices through storytelling. The 2019 edition gathered almost 3,800 participants.

For more information, visit the website :

EUROPEAN LEG ULCER AND COMPRESSION DAYS

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