New guidelines for healthcare professionals highlight increased wound healing.
An interactive dressing for treating diabetes-related foot ulcers and leg ulcers is being recommended by NICE.
Increased wound healing has been reported with the interactive dressing compared with non-interactive dressings and recently published NICE guidelines aim to help healthcare professionals make the treatment available on the NHS.
It is recommended the UrgoStart dressings are used to treat diabetes-related foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers as an option for people with diabetes-related foot ulcers or venous leg ulcers after any modifiable factors such as infection have been treated.
The UrgoStart (Urgo Medical) dressing consists of a layer of open-weave polyester mesh impregnated with hydrocolloid polymers within a petroleum jelly known as technology lipido-colloid (TLC). It also contains nano-oligosaccharide factor (NOSF) and has an absorbent pad and a semi-permeable backing.
The NICE guidance includes examples of how NHS sites have used the dressing and how it was created with the help of NHS clinicians, who reported a number of benefits, including improved wound healing and quality of life, ease of use and long-term cost savings.