Evaluating the effect of a haemoglobin spray on size reduction in chronic DFUs
Haycocks, S, McCardle, J, Findlow, AH and Guttormsen, K 2016, 'Evaluating the effect of a haemoglobin spray on size reduction in chronic DFUs' , British Journal of Nursing, 25 (6) , S54-S62.
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Aim: The aim of this multi-centre observational evaluation was to assess the percentage reduction in wound area of non-healing diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), treated with Granulox haemoglobin spray over a 4-week period. Secondary outcome parameters—for example, adverse events, patient acceptability and ease of use—were also recorded. Method: After a run-in-period (2 weeks for existing patients and 4 weeks for new patients) to determine if the wounds were non-healing despite receiving local best practice, patients whose foot ulcers had decreased in size by < 20% were then entered into the evaluation. A sample of 17 patients (4 females and 13 males), comprising 4 with type 1 and 13 with type 2 diabetes, with a total of 20 DFUs, met the inclusion criteria. These data were collected from six sites across the UK. Results: There was an overall positive reduction in size in 14 of the wounds, equating to a mean reduction of 53.8% (standard deviation (SD): 26.6; range: 11.9–100%). One participant, with two ulcers, had to be withdrawn due to infection. All clinicians and participants found the product easy to use. Conclusion: The addition of a topical oxygenation therapy in this cohort of non-healing DFUs showed reduction in wound surface area and progression to healing. The product was also found to be acceptable and very easy to use by both participants and clinicians.
|Schools:||Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Nursing|
|Publisher:||Mark Allen Healthcare|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||AH Findlow|
|Date Deposited:||25 Apr 2016 14:51|
|Last Modified:||27 May 2016 12:59|
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