Negative pressure wound therapy with low pressure and gauze dressings to treat diabetic foot wounds

Lawrence A. Lavery, Douglas P. Murdoch, Paul J. Kim, Javier La Fontaine, Gaurav Thakral, Kathryn E. Davis

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This study was a prospective cohort study to evaluate negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with low pressure and a gauze dressing to treat diabetic foot wounds. Thirty patients with diabetic foot wounds were consented to a prospective study to evaluate wound closure and complications to evaluate NPWT with low pressure (80 mmHg) and a gauze dressing interface (EZCare, Smith and Nephew) for up to 5 weeks. NPWT was changed 3 times a week. Study subjects were evaluated once a week for adverse events and wound measurements. Of study subjects, 43% attained at least a 50% wound area reduction after 4 weeks of therapy. Our results suggest that a high rate of wound closure could be expected with low pressure and a gauze interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-349
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014



  • Amputation
  • Diabetes
  • Infection
  • Negative pressure
  • Ulceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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