Tag Archives: stasis ulcer

Magical thinking- do antibiotics improve chronic wound healing?

We’ve previously addressed this topic here.   It’s certainly the case that chronic skin ulcers (leg or elsewhere) drive an enormous amount of antibiotic prescribing, perhaps because these ulcers are so hard to heal and a degree of therapeutic impatience occurs. The annual survey of chronic wounds last year in our health district indicated that 28% of inpatients […]

Choosing wisely (IDSA): Avoid antibiotic therapy for lower limb stasis dermatitis or venous ulcers

The Infectious Diseases Society of America also has started a Choosing wisely campaign.  This advice is valuable. In the recent District-wide wound surveillance survey across Hunter New England Health hospitals and community nursing services, there were over 900 patients with active wounds identified (including many venous ulcers related to stasis dermatitis). Of these 28% had received antibiotics in […]