Low Level Laser therapy used to treat Open Wounds in patient

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Low Level Laser therapy used to treat Open Wounds in patient

Postby Nick Balgowan » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:43 pm

THE USE OF LOW INTENSITY LASER THERAPY (LLLT) FOR THE TREATMENT OF OPEN WOUNDS IN PSYCHOGERIATRIC PATIENTS: A PILOT STUDY.

Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 2000, 18/2 (1-19) Verdote-Robertson-R, Munchua-M-M, Reddon-J-R.
The effect of low intensity laser therapy (LLLT) on wound healing in a largely psychogeriatric population was assessed over a period of 6 years (1991-1996). In total, 84 psychiatric patients were referred for the treatment of open wounds of varying severity and etiology. The wound status, nutritional status, walking status, and psychiatric condition of each patient were assessed prior to the administration of laser therapy treatment. Traditional wound care management was also used in addition to laser therapy. According to laser therapy treatment protocol for open wounds, a single diode laser probe was used for biostimulation of the wound bed and the wound periphery. Pre- and post-treatment measurements of wound size were obtained periodically for a total of 188 open wounds. 84% of these wounds completely healed, 11.2% partially healed, 2.1% did not change, and 2.7% got worse. The number of treatments for the 158 completely-healed wounds ranged from 3 to 133 (mean 18.5) and the treatment period ranged from 5 to 383 days (mean 47.7). Wound healing was found to be related to nutritional status but neither walking status nor wound size. Results indicate that LILT is effective in the treatment of open wounds when it is used as a component of a total wound management program.
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