Review outlines key conclusions supporting wound care decisions
In a review of clinical trials in the Cochrane Database, researchers outline the evidence that exists for clinical decision-making in wound care.
Reviewing 44 systematic reviews (CSRs) published by the Cochrane Wounds and Peripheral Vascular Diseases Groups, researchers came up with 109 evidence-based conclusions for the treatment of various wound types, including venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, arterial ulcers and other chronic wound types.
Strong conclusions could be drawn for different treatment methods, such as ultrasonography, mattresses, different cleansing methods, honey, antibiotics, compression, grafting, antiseptics, pentoxifylline, debridement and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
'Useful conclusions can be drawn from CSRs to support evidence-based decisions in wound care,' the study states. 'They mostly involve the care of patients with chronic or venous leg ulcers, and are thus relevant to a range of healthcare professionals. The conclusions presented in this study are of the highest level available and healthcare professionals involved in wound care should be aware of them.'
Strong conclusions are not yet available for all wound types, as more research is required. The researchers in this study suggest using consensus guidelines and practical and pragmatic advice in situations where there is not enough evidence to support specific treatment types.
To view their conclusions, click here.
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