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This page is dedicated to providing you with the latest articles from our lymphoedema newsletter. We hope that you find the news interesting and useful. Please share this page with your colleagues.

The Foeldi College in the UK

The Foeldi College, established in the 1980's, is one of the world's leading training providers for lymphoedema management and delivers exceptional levels of theoretical and practical based training.

In 2017 the Foeldi College is again coming to the UK with an educational programme covering basic, full therapy, and review courses in manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) / decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT).

For more information on these courses and how to register please click here.

BLS - New Updated Guidelines

The BLS has recently issued updates to two key documents, supporting members with revised cellulitis guidelines and the benefits of using Amoxicillin over Flucloxacillin for the treatment of cellulitis in lymphoedema patients.

These documents are available in the members area of the BLS website www.bls.com or simply by clicking on the link below.

National Lymphoedema Conference 2017

We are pleased to announce that BSN medical will be attending the National Lymphoedema Conference in London on the 2nd March 2017.

The focus of the event is “Considering the physical and psychological impact of lymphoedema”.

Now in its fourth year and with the full backing of the British Lymphology Society (BLS) and Lipoedema UK, this conference benefits from a very strong and enticing programme aimed at attracting Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialists, Community Nurses and Nurse Specialists interested in new and progressive treatments in lymphoedema management. The British Journal of community Nursing (BJCN) have partnered with the BLS for this conference to ensure current topics are incorporated into the programme, making it fresh and up-to-date. Speakers include Alex Munnoch, Jane Wigg, Denise Hardy and Dr Karen Robb.

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) for lymphoedema following breast cancer

This systematic review undertaken by the Cochrane collaboration, was to assess the efficacy and safety of MLD in treating breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL). The review searched a number of databases which resulted in six studies being reviewed. The studies looked at MLD and compression treatments. The results of the review suggest MLD is safe and may offer greater benefit in addition to compression treatments, particularly when treating mild to moderate BCRL. Trials with an armsleeve had volumetric inconsistencies therefore further research is required. Despite these inconsistences 60-80% of participants felt better (reduction in pain and heaviness) regardless of which treatment was received. Additional outcomes are also included within this study and it is worth reading the full systematic review.

To find out more please click here.

References: Manheimer, E et al. (2015) Manual lymphatic drainage for lymphoedema following breast cancer (Review). London: Cochrane database.

Associations between the treatment and outcomes of patients with upper and lower limb lymphoedema in Japan: a cross-sectional observational study

This cross-sectional study took place in Japan with the objective of examining the association between lymphoedema treatments and outcomes. Lymphoedema outpatient clinics were the setting with a total of 170 patients participating in the study.  Data collection involved medical records, physical assessments and interviews. Results from the study suggest that secondary lymphoedema was present in 92.9%, with 53.8% of this figure represented by lower limb conditions.  Patients using compression garments were 2.85 times more likely to be satisfied with their treatment compared to those not using compression garments (p<0.01).   Patients receiving simple lymphatic drainage (SLD) exhibited a greater level of satisfaction compared to those not in receipt of SLD (p<0.01). It was also noted that patients quality of life (QOL) was higher in those receiving complete decongestive therapy (CDT) compared to those not in receipt of CDT.

To find out more please click here.

References: Luchi, T. et al (2015)Associations between the treatment and outcomes of patients with upper and lower lymphoedema in Japan: A cross-sectional observational study. London: International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52, pp.913-919.

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