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Compression modalities and dressings: their use in venous ulcers.

Authors
  • Sackheim, Kimberly
  • De Araujo, Tami S
  • Kirsner, Robert S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Dermatologic therapy
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
19
Issue
6
Pages
338–347
Identifiers
PMID: 17199676
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Among the standard of care for venous ulcer treatment are the use of compression therapy to reverse the effect of venous hypertension and the use of occlusive dressings to maintain a moist wound-healing environment and for treatment of abnormalities of the ulcer bed. The use of multilayered elastic bandages for compression in patients with normal arterial flow currently provides the treatment with the highest level of evidence for treatment of venous ulcers. Additionally, treatment of the ulcer bed, especially with cadexemer iodine dressings, is also supported by evidence from randomized controlled trials, whereas newer dressings provide less well proven alternative opportunities to speed the healing of venous ulcers.

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