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A guide to... Doppler ultrasound assessment

A guide to... Doppler ultrasound assessment

Basic Care

Maureen Benbow
Senior Lecturer
University of Chester

Doppler ultrasound assessment is a vital and indispensible element of the process of assessing patients with leg ulceration before planning care.

Leg ulceration due to numerous causes (approxi- mately 40) is common, particularly in the over-65 age group (70,000 to 190,000 at any one time in the UK). It is costly to treat (approximately £200m per year) and it often recurs, causing pain and suffering.¹

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