Wound care

by IamVickiRN IamVickiRN Member Nurse

Specializes in Developmentally Disabled, LTC, Clinic, Hospital. Has 10 years experience.

Hi everyone.

I work in an income based clinic where 90% of our clients are no isurance/under insured. I have a case with a client that has cellulitis on her leg and desperately needs unna boots but can't afford them. I used to work in the VA where I am used to having everything that my heart desired for treatment options, but now I work with the bare minimum of supplies. I know unna boots are calamine lotion impregnated gauze; (with some other goodies, I know...) so I'm wondering if I were to soak guaze in calamine lotion and apply them in the same manner if she would get any benefit from this? :confused: Anyone have any ideas on this?



dthfytr, ADN, LPN, RN, EMT-B, EMT-I

Specializes in ER, Trauma. Has 30 years experience. 1,163 Posts

No suggestions on the unna boots, but it always breaks my heart a little more when money is more important than peoples lives. Thank you for caring so much.


mamamerlee, LPN

Specializes in home health, dialysis, others. Has 35 years experience. 949 Posts

Unna boot usually has zinc paste in it, and sometimes calamine.

I don't think you can just make this yourself.

How does anybody there get any supplies?