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Challenging wounds, improving outcomes — Treatment of complex diabetic foot wounds using topical oxygen therapy

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Challenging wounds, improving outcomes — Treatment of complex diabetic foot wounds using topical oxygen therapy

13 August 2018

The essential role of oxygen in wound healing is well documented, and recent developments in the delivery of topical oxygen therapy has made this a more viable treatment in practice (Harding, 2016). Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a significant and growing problem, compounded by lack of resources in general wound care, making this a challenging area of practice (Chadwick and Armstrong, 2017). The aim of this document is to inform practitioners of the potential benefits of using topical oxygen therapy to improve outcomes in patients with complex diabetic foot wounds. Evidence provided in this document suggests that topical oxygen therapy can improve the patient experience and reduce the economic burden associated with DFUs.

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