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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)).
Download the WundDACH brochure for patients and their relatives about leg ulcers here: