Major complications of diabetes mellitus include lower leg and foot ulcers, which can result in amputation. Further study is needed to determine optimal treatments for these challenging wounds. Growth factor therapy and hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatments are 2 advanced therapeutic modalities that hold promise. This descriptive, retrospective review investigated healing rates of patients with diabetes mellitus and lower- extremity ulcers managed by growth factor therapy and HBO as compared to standard wound care. Retrospective review of medical records. We reviewed medical records of 89 patients with diabetes and lower-extremity wounds treated at a major outpatient wound care program in the southwestern United States.
Lyon, , , , , , , , (). The case for evidence in wound care: investigating advanced treatment modalities in healing chronic diabetic lower extremity wounds. Journal of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing : official publication of The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, ;35(6):585-90. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19018198