Available resources from other organisations

National Wound Care Strategy, England: Materials supporting self care

The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (comissioned by NHS England) has collected and developed resources for patients and private carers on a range of the topics:

  • How to care your wound
  • Looking after your leg
  • How to care for a skin tear
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Advice for people with lymphoedema
  • Patient wound care diary

Access materials here

Wound patient/care giver resources developed by AAWC (US)

The the Association for Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC, US) offers a patient resources section at the website.

The resources includeeducationalbrochures on the following topics:

  • Clean Up to Heal Up: A patient guide to basic information – debridement
  • Take the Pressure Off: A guide for preventing and treating pressure ulcers
  • ABCs of Wound care: A guide to the basic principles of wound care
  • The Skin You're In: A guide to protecting skin from climate and the environment
  • Dress and Compress for Success: A guide to healing venous ulcers

Visit the AAWC patient resources site

The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation

The Leg Club model exists primarily in the UK. The first Leg Club was established in 1995 and there are now 14 Leg Clubs in the UK. Additional are currently being established or planned.

The Leg Club Model was conceived as a unique partnership between the district nursing team and the local community, in which patients are empowered, through a sense of ownership, to become stakeholders in their own treatment. Leg Clubs aim to provide leg ulcer management in a social environment, where patients (members) are treated collectively and the emphasis is on social interaction, participation, empathy and peer support where positive health beliefs are promoted.

The Lidsay Leg Club Foundation offers the following patient leaflets for download at their website: 

  • A simple guide to circulation and what can go wrong with it
  • A simple guide to foot care
  • A simple guide to foot-related problems and general care
  • A simple guide to Lymphoedema
  • A simple guide to skin care

Access the patient leaflets here

Read more about the leg clubs at www.legclub.org

NHS Scotland

The Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics Branch, at Scottish Government, supported the formation of a multidisciplinary short life working group (SLWG) consisting of wound specialists, podiatrists and Prescribing Advisors from across Scottish Health Boards. The SLWG developed the following resources to guide the management of suspended infection in chronic wounds using best practice and expert consensus. 

Download here: Understand your chronic wound - patient information leaflet (A4)

Visit the website to see all the resources


RiksSår, the Swedish national quality Registry for Ulcer Treatment, includes patients with hard-to-heal leg ulcers such as venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous-arterial ulcers; diabetic foot ulcers; pressure ulcers; and ulcers due to trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, and malignancy.

RiksSår works within multidisciplinary teams with physicians, nurses and assistant nurses on every level of ulcer care and in many specialties such as family medicine, vascular surgery, endocrinology, internal medicine, infectious diseases, orthopaedic surgery, geriatrics and multiple health care.

Visit RiksSår's website to see the patient resources



Preventing Pressure Ulcers: R.I.S.E Information for carers

This folder is developed by the wound specialist nurses at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway, and is endorsed by the Irish Wound Management Association.

The folder provides a simple guide for private carers to prevent pressure ulcers.

Download folder here

Care at Home Series developed by Wounds Canada

Wounds Canada's Care at Home series provides resources for patients and their care partners to help them better care for their wounds while at home.

Topics include:

  • How to care for swollen legs at home to prevent venous leg ulcers
  • How to prevent and manage pressure injuries at home
  • How to prevent surgical site infections at home
  • When is my diabetes foot complication an emergency?


Access the Care at Home Series


The WundDACH (or Wund-D.A.CH) is the umbrella organisation for German speaking organisations operating in the field of management of acute and chronical wounds. The organisation was founded by the professional organisations ICW e.V (Germany (D)), AWA (Austria (A)) and SAfW (Swiss (CH)).

A WundDACH brochure for patients and their relatives about the treatment and care of leg ulcers and other wound care related ressources can be purchased via the link below:

Informationsbroschüre für Patienten und Angehörige: Das offene Bein (ulcus cruris) (in German)

Visit WundDACH's website