Saturday, August 1, 2009

The New Math: HBOT For Chronic Wounds

There's something pleasingly pure about arithmetic. And it's a whole lot cheaper than a clinical trial. A new paper in PLoS Computational Biology looks at the numbers behind the healing of nonhealing chronic wounds, especially limb- and life-threatening diabetic leg ulcers. It's not light reading. In short, the authors find:
  • Hyperbaric O2 accelerates healing.
  • Treatments should continue until healing is complete.
  • Healing action begins at the capillary tips.
They further hope, as we do, their work is a first step toward better identifying patients and wounds that will benefit most from HBOT.

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