NICE and Cochrane recommendations for the treatment of pressure ulcers

The aim of this review was to identify which treatment approach for pressure ulcers that currently are recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and the latest Cochrane reviews on dressings, topical treatments and NPWT (a pump using vacuum to remove wound exudate) for pressure ulcers. The key statements and conclusions have been included…

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How many wounds heal with current standard-of-care?

The UK National Health Service (NHS) has a database containing 11 million patient records from 550 general practices (primary care) in the UK and studies have shown that this database is representative of the UK in general. As the UK healthcare system is not substantially different to other countries with a well-funded healthcare system, the data will…

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Why is impaired wound healing common to diabetes, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis?

A simple scratch on the foot in a person with diabetes or to the skin in a person with spinal cord injury (SCI) or multiple sclerosis (MS) can develop into a large wound that gradually spreads under the skin leading to osteomyelitis (bone infection) and sinus tract formation, i.e. bacteria and fungi boring tunnels into the tissue…

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