ePlasty: Vol. 20
Faster Healing and a Lower Rate of Recurrence of Venous Ulcers Treated With Intermittent Pneumatic Compression: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD,a,b Lee Markowitz, DPM,b Rachelle Parker, MD,b and Martin E. Wendelken, DPM, RNb

aVascular and Wound Care Center, University Hospital, Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, Newark; and bCenter for Curative and Palliative Wound Care, Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY


Correspondence: oalvarez@comcast.net

This study was supported in part by grants from the New York State Department of Health and Human Services and The RTS Family Foundation, Fresh Meadows, NY.
Keywords: venous ulceration, secondary lymphedema, chronic venous insufficiency, randomized controlled clinical trial, intermittent pneumatic compression

Objective: Fifty-two subjects with chronic venous insufficiency and hard-to-heal lower leg ulceration (>1-year-old and >20-cm2 surface area) were treated with either intermittent, gradient, pneumatic compression (n = 27) plus standard compression therapy or compression therapy alone (control). Methods: Compression therapy consisted of a nonadherent primary wound dressing plus a 4-layer compression bandage (n = 25). The mean  .......