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Management of diabetic foot ulcers using dressings with Safetac: a review of case studies

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Management of diabetic foot ulcers using dressings with Safetac: a review of case studies

Frans Meuleneire
1 November 2008

Background: Foot ulcers are a common occurrence in patients with diabetes. Like other types of chronic wounds, diabetic foot ulcers are often associated with pain. As part of the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, consideration should be given to the use of dressings that prevent wound-related trauma, minimise pain on removal, and manage infection.

Aims: To provide evidence in the form of case studies to demonstrate the benefits of dressings with Safetac adhesive technology in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers presenting with a variety of clinical challenges.

Methods: A number of different dressings with Safetac were evaluated in a series of case studies involving patients with diabetic foot ulcers.

Results: All ulcers responded well to treatment, demonstrating minimal pain at dressing change, complete healing, and resolved infection.

Conclusions: It is not generally recognised that patients with diabetic foot ulcers have painful wounds, although recent research indicates that more than 50% of such patients may experience wound-related pain. The findings of the case studies presented in this article show that dressings with Safetac can be used to address this problem and successfully treat diabetic foot ulcers.

Conflict of interest: This study was supported by an educational grant from Molnlycke Health Care, Göteborg.

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