Edmonds, M., Foster, A., Jemmott, T., Kerr, D., Malik, R., Knowles, A., Jude, E., Chadwick, P., Rahaman, L. and Murray, N., 2006. Kerraboot vs Allevyn for treating diabetic foot ulcers. Wounds UK, 2 (1), pp. 25-30.
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Official URL: http://www.kerraboot.com/pdf/edmonds-302.pdf
Background: Diabetic ulcers are slow to heal and may result in amputation in 10–25% of patients. Kerraboot® was designed to encourage granulation, remove exudate away from the wound and enhance patient comfort during dressing changes. Aims: In this study of 32 patients, the acceptability of Kerraboot® for the management of diabetic foot ulcers was compared to standard wound care treatment, Allevyn™ by patients and healthcare workers. Methods: Questionnaires were completed by patients and healthcare workers to assess acceptability of dressing and impact on quality of life. Results: Kerraboot® was better than Allevyn™ in terms of ease of application and removal, convenience and resource utilisation. A 50% reduction in the time taken to change the dressing was noted in the Kerraboot® group (mean = 6.8, SD= 4.66 minutes vs Allevyn™, mean= 9.9, SD= 3.78 minutes; P=0.017). By the first week, 85.7% of the patients in the Kerraboot® group were able to change their dressing independently of nurses compared with 62.5% in the Allevyn™ group. Conclusions: Although there was no difference in healing rates between the groups, in the non-healing wounds there was a noticeable difference in the reduction of slough and increase in granulation tissue in the Kerraboot® group compared to Allevyn™. Declaration of interest: Dr M Edmonds is a member of the ARK Therapeutics Advisory Panel.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Diabetes nursing, dressings, leg ulcers, patients, empowerment, research and development, wounds|
|Subjects:||Technology > Medicine and Health > Medicine and Surgery|
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education|
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||21 Feb 2008 13:54|
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