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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