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A Journal on Physiopathology and Therapy of Chronic Cutaneous Ulcers
Official Journal of the Italian Association for Cutaneous Ulcers
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Acta Vulnologica 2009 June;7(2):85-90
language: English, Italian
A new medical device (Cutifass) for the treatment of ulcers of the lower limbs
Morelli M. 1, Capogreco G. M. 1, Gozzi A. 1, D’Ambrosi E. 1, Fabiano A. 2, Pieroni M. L. 2, Pace S. 3, Cefaro A. 3
1 General Medicine, ASL Roma G, Rome, Italy
2 Physical Education Centre, Italian Red Cross Rome, Italy
3 Department of General Surgery, Genzano Hospital, Rome, Italy
Aim. The aim of this study was to verify the effectiveness and tolerance of a new medical device, Cutifass (Farmafass Italy S.r.l, Rossano, Cosenza, Italy), in the topical treatment of leg ulcers, assessing its effectiveness in terms of time of healing.
Methods. Sixteen patients with leg ulcers of different origin were enrolled and treated with the medical device, Cutifass; patients were studied according to the Scale of Norton, associated diseases, nutritional status, diagnosis etiology, stage (according to the scale NPUAP), perilesional skin, size of the ulcer, ulcer status infected/necrotic/cleaned and type of exudates if any; the dressings were made at regular time intervals, every two days.
Results. Regardless of the characteristics of the patients age, co-morbidity, Norton Scale, according to the grade scale National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), type of injury, etc., the time of healing in weeks was calculated: they ranged from a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks, with an average of 5.77 weeks.
Conclusion. The treatment of leg ulcers with the new medical device, Cutifass, allowed to get interesting time of healing, with obvious benefits for the patient (most comfortable) and a savings both in terms of time and costs for treating ulcers.