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Peer Review

Venous stasis ulcers



Overall Numeric Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.3 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Nov 16, 2004 by Health Sciences
Overview: Venous Stasis Ulcers is a collection of pictures for various stages of venous stasis ulcers published in 1997 by John L. Bezzant, MD. Each picture contains a brief explanation of the picture as well as differentiates between the different types of ulcers.
Type of Material: The material is pictorialslide presentation with written explanations of the pictures.
Recommended Uses: An excellent use of this material since it has such good pictures would be
demonstrate concepts in lecture. The material could be used as a homework
assignment with a quiz given the next class period to verify learner completed
Technical Requirements: The technical requirements for this material require Internet access.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Major learning goals are not listed in the material. Below are listed those that are appropriate. Upon completing slide presentation the learner will be be able to:
  • Describe the process that leads to the development of a venous stasis ulcer.
  • Identify acute statis dermatitis when seen clinically.
  • Contrast treatment options for a venous stasis ulcer.
  • Explain how necrotic tissue is deteriminal to healing and the recommended
  • Demonstrate how to measure a leg before custom support hose is made.
  • Care for a venous ulcer using principles of wound healing
  • Target Student Population: The target audience for this material would be individuals in the health care professional needing to increase their knowledge base regarding venous statis ulcers.
    Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prerequiste knowledge or skills needed,however medical terminology is used.

    Evaluation and Observation

    Content Quality

    Rating: 4.3 stars
    Strengths: The strengths for content quality would be the easy loadability of the webpages and pictures and the quality of the pictures. The pictures are wonderful, very helpful for a learner that has never seen acute
    statis dermititis or venous ulcer. Only one typographical error noted.
    Descriptions short and to the point.
    Concerns: Reference is made to a specific slide by slide number that cannot be seen by learner. Rationale for treatments not always included. The learning object does not have a good first slide, it just suddenly starts.

    Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

    Rating: 4 stars
    Strengths: As a teaching tool, this website provides excellent visual references. It is difficult to provide this type of learning experience for every student and this website provides a virtual opportunity for all students to assess ulcers and follow a plan of care regarding treatment of ulcers.
    Concerns: No concerns.

    Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

    Rating: 4 stars
    Strengths: The website loads quickly and should be easy to use by faculty in the classroom
    or students in an online environment. Simple presentation style that is easy to use. By clicking on the phrase "venous statis ulcers" one can go to a list of contents so if using in lecture the instructor can select certain slides to use or use the slides in a different order.
    Concerns: No concerns.

    Other Issues and Comments: This is an excellent website to use as a visual teaching tool for different types of ulcers and the care of ulcers.