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MARTINEZ-SANTOS, Alba-Elena; TIZON BOUZA, Eva  and  PESADO CARTELLE, José Ángel. Nursing knowledge about prevention, diagnosis and care of lower extremity ulcers in a Health Area. Gerokomos [online]. 2019, vol.30, n.1, pp.34-41. ISSN 1134-928X.


Determine the degree of knowledge about recommendations based on care evidence, of lower-extremity ulcers by nurses working in the Health Area of Ferrol. Analyze the relationship with continuous training.


Descriptive, cross-sectional and observational study through a questionnaire designed ad hoc between May and June 2015. The study population were nurses that worked in the Hospital, Primary Care and Socio-Health Center that had a concert in products supply of wound healing in humid environment. The study has been approved by the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of Galicia.


205 nurses have participated (66% of the population to study). 62% have done a training course of leg ulcers for the last 5 years. All of them shows that the quality of life of these patients must be considered; 5.9% use the validated tool for their assessment. 94.1% consider useful an app of leg ulcer in some electronic device. The variables with independent ability to predict the knowledge about LowerExtremity Ulcers are know the clinical practice guidelines, know how to calculate the Arm-Ankle Index and the values to detect intermittent claudication, being the last one the most decisive.


Despite the training received there are areas in which it is necessary to influence. Improving their training is essential to ensure the quality of care for people who suffer from them. The felt need of the professionals regarding the creation of an application as a help tool in making decisions is objectified.

Keywords : Health knowledge; attitudes; practice; leg ulcer; nursing; nursing care; information technologies; guideline.

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