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Effects of vacuum-compression therapy on healing of diabetic foot ulcers: Randomized controlled trial

Asghar Akbari, PhD, et al.

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common metabolic diseases. More than 154 million people are estimated to have diabetes worldwide. The prevalence of diabetes among veterans has increased to 17%, more than double the prevalence in the general population. Diabetic foot ulcers are a frequent late complication in diabetic patients and the most prevalent lesion of the diabetic foot. Foot examinations are important for patients with diabetes. Veterans Health Administration stated that foot examinations should be performed annually. Although preventive methods and treatment modalities have been effective in healing foot ulcers, statistics show a high incidence of foot ulcers and amputations in diabetic patients. Therefore, we conducted a single-blind randomized controlled trial to evaluate vacuum-compression therapy (VCT) to heal diabetic foot ulcers. We found that VCT enhances diabetic foot-ulcer healing when used with appropriate wound care.

Volume 44 Number 5 2007
Pages 631 — 636

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