Pilot RCT of two dressing regimens for the management of skin tears

Gray, D. and Stringfellow, S. and Cooper, P. and Russell, F. and Johnson, S. and Leak, K. and Ridsdale, D. and Spruce, P. and Clark, M. (2011) Pilot RCT of two dressing regimens for the management of skin tears. Wounds UK, 7 (2). pp. 26-31. ISSN 17466814 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Aims: To assess the efficacy of two dressing regimens for the management of skin tears in fragile skin of the elderly. Methods: A pilot study of 21 patients was conducted across two centres. Ten patients were treated with Tegaderm® Absorbent (3M Health Care) dressing and 11 with a combination of Mepitel® and Mepilex® Border (Mölnlycke Health Care) dressings. Results: Both dressing regimens had positive clinical outcomes. Where the smaller size dressings were used, the cost differences between the groups were minimal. However, in cases where larger dressings were required, Tegaderm Absorbent proved more cost-effective. Conclusions: The authors found that both methods of treating skin tears had positive clinical outcomes, with healing or progression towards healing in all of the cases. Recruiting subjects for the study was challenging, suggesting that clinical audit may prove a more useful method of evaluation for investigators in the future. Conflict of interest: None.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cost-effectiveness, Dressing regimens, Elderly care, Fragile skin, Skin tears, polyacrylic acid, polyurethan foam, aged, arm injury, article, clinical article, comparative effectiveness, conservative treatment, cost effectiveness analysis, disease classification, female, geriatric disorder, hand injury, human, leg injury, male, multicenter study, open study, outcome assessment, pilot study, randomized controlled trial, skin injury, skin tear, wound dressing, wound healing
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 15:02
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 15:02
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2135

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