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Interactive wound dressing recommended by NICE to treat diabetes-related foot ulcers

Interactive wound dressing recommended by NICE to treat diabetes-related foot ulcers

New guidelines for healthcare professionals highlight increased wound healing.

Published: Apr 12, 2019
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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.

Read the NICE guidelines on UrgoStart for treating diabetic foot ulcers and leg ulcers
Read the DRWF leaflet How can diabetes affect my feet? here
Read more about the role of technology in managing diabetes-related foot ulcers in the April issue of DRWF’s monthly newsletter Diabetes Wellness News. Subscribe here
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