The type of dressing applied to venous leg ulcers does not affect healing, according to a UK meta-analysis.
Researchers looked at 42 randomised trials but found none of the dressing comparisons showed evidence that a particular class of dressing healed more ulcers.
'Applying hydrocolloid dressings beneath compression produced no benefit in terms of ulcer healing compared with applying simple low adherent dressings,' said study author Simon Palfreyman, a research nurses at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital.
'Decisions on which dressing to apply should be based on the local costs of dressings and the preferences of the practitioner or patient,' he added.
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