Chronic oedema in the community: an overview

Nora For-Szabo, Scott Ralph
  • British Journal of Community Nursing, June 2017, Mark Allen Group
  • DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2017.22.6.266

Chronic oedema

What is it about?

In this article the aims was to describe oedema, differences between chronic and acute oedema, define the different types of oedemas, facts about chronic oedema and discuss how can we help the patient, nurses and the community to recognise, prevent and cooperate with treatment and follow- up.

Why is it important?

Nowadays with longer life expectations the chronic illnesses are more prevalent. Chronic illnesses causing long term progressive conditions for patients and social, economic, psychological strains for the community. One of this condition is the chronic oedema. The prevalence of chronic oedema in the United Kingdom is 100000 (Moffatt et al,2003).


Nora For-Szabo

The high prevalence of chronic oedemas urge us to share informations and communicate more about these condition/s. Recognition and differential diagnosis of oedemas requires a complex, systematic lateral thinking, usually with a comprehensive assessment. Nurses have remarkable role in the early recognition of chronic oedemas, in the referrals, in the coordination, planning the care and in the implementation of care plans.

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