Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Comprehensive Assessment

  • A complete client assessment precedes evaluation of the limb and ulcer characteristics.
  • A comprehensive assessment is essential to determine the underlying ulcer etiology and appropriate treatment approaches.
  • High levels of compression necessary to correct venous hypertension will be potentially dangerous in this situation.
  • Any other tests relevant to the patient’s presenting condition, ulcer treatment history, medical history and medications may provide valuable information towards the development of an appropriate treatment plan.
  • The person conducting the assessment must be trained and experienced.
Clinical Management
Assessment and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers
Point of Care Resources