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Table 2 Summary of resource use in usual care group and optimal care group

From: Cost-effectiveness analysis of guideline-based optimal care for venous leg ulcers in Australia

  Usual care Optimal care (Option 1) Optimal care (Option 2)
Healed VLU No additional care • Clinic assessment by nurse practitioner every 3 months • Compression stocking every 3 months • Clinic assessment by GP every 3 months • Compression stocking every 3 months
Unhealed VLU • One-off assessment by GP • Clinic visits to GP or community nurse or outpatient clinic twice a week • Dressings change twice a week • High compression therapy prescribed to 50% of patients If infected • Pathology test every week • systemic antibiotics • One-off ABPI or vascular assessment and assessment by nurse practitioner and vascular surgeon • Clinic visits to nurse practitioner once a week • Dressings change every week • High compression therapy prescribed to everyone If infected • One-off pathology test • Debridement once a week • Systemic antibiotics • One-off ABPI and GP assessment • Clinic visits to GP or community nurse or outpatient clinic once a week • Dressings change every week • High compression therapy prescribed to everyone If infected • One-off pathology test • Debridement once a week • Systemic antibiotics