Assessment of Rate of Wound Healing in Patients Using rh- EGF dressing for the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Background: Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common cause of chronic, non healing ulcers. These foot ulcers are the cause for majority of the amputations. Management of these ulcers require a multidisciplinary approach. The field of wound management has evolved considerably after the understanding of the role of growth factors in wound healing. EGF is available commercially and has shown to promote wound healing.
Methods: This is a descriptive study which was performed prospectively at Sree Balaji medical College and Hospital during the period of June 2018 to December 2018. 100 patients meeting the inclusion criteria where included in the study. The surface area of the ulcers of these patients who were using rh-EGF dressing were measured at the start of the study, at 1 week and at 2 weeks to assess the rate of wound healing.
Results: Most patients belonged to 61-70 years of age. In this study the most patients affected were males. The most common site of ulcer was on the plantar aspect. The most common cause was found to be traumatic. The percentage of wound contraction at 1 week found to be 10.21% and at two weeks was found to be 26.77%.
Conclusion: The use of rh-EGF gel is safe and effective form of dressing and it promotes wound healing.