There is a correlation between tissue oxygen tension, incidence of infection and disturbance of wound healing. Scientific investigations in recent years have documented that infection and tissue repair are processes consuming oxygen. Animal experiments have shown that oxygenation of the tissue is essential for the elimination of pathogens, the stimulation of phagocytosis as well as for the degradation of dead tissue structures and the synthesis of new tissue structures. Hypoxia and hypovolemia are of crucial significance for the impairment of organ functions. An effective therapy for disorders of oxygenation has not been feasible so far, except for clinical anesthesiological efforts to increase the oxygen saturation of hemoglobin and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, it has recently been possible to synthesize an oxygen carrier which supports respiratory oxygen physiologically. With tetrachlorodecaoxide (TCDO), a causal therapeutic concept for the topical treatment of infected hypoxic wounds with chronic disturbance of wound healing has been introduced for the first time.

Kühne, Ullmann, Kühne, , , , , , (). New aspects on the pathophysiology of wound infection and wound healing–the problem of lowered oxygen pressure in the tissue. Infection, ;13(2):52-6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3838970