A noncontact radiant heat bandage was used for the treatment of chronic venous stasis ulcers (mean duration 4.44 years) in inpatients who had failed aggressive inpatient and outpatient conventional therapy. The noncontact radiant heat bandage was placed over the ulcer for 5 hours daily: three 1-hour heating periods separated by two 1-hour nonheating periods during this 2-week trial. Wound size, status, and pain severity were recorded for each patient. A total of 17 patients with 31 total wounds were enrolled. No adverse effects were noted in any patient. There was improvement in 14/17 total patients during the 2-week inpatient trial and 8/17 patients healed completely after discharge. There was 1 recurrence during an 18-month follow-up. Pain scores were improved in most patients after the bandage was applied. The use of a noncontact radiant heat bandage is a safe and efficacious inpatient therapy for the management of chronic venous stasis ulcers in patients who have failed conventional therapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Advances in wound care : the journal for prevention and healing|
|State||Published - Mar 1999|