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    Our research and development teams operate at a global level and generate synergies from our collective expertise and by drawing on related disciplines. We are also constantly exchanging information at an international level with independent technical institutions, key opinion leaders and multipliers in order to be able to ensure cooperation and knowledge management of the highest order. As part of this process, we also conduct extensive research, the results of which we continually present in workshops, at conferences and symposiums - either in documentation or talks given by our cooperation partners - and also publish in renowned scientific journals. This database contains a large number of these evidence-based scientific articles, most of which have been evaluated by independent assessors:

    1. Poster

      Surgical treatment of extended keloid scar with dermal substitute, negative pressure wound therapy and partial thickness skin graft: A case study

      Poster presented at WUWHS 2020 13.09.2020 Abu Dhabi, UAE

      Aim

      We present the case of a young female patient, with sequela from 2nd and 3rd degree burn wounds on her legs and forearms bilaterally. Within 3 month after injury and conservative treatment, the patient developed extended keloids on the dorsal side of her left hand and forearm with functional impairment at the wrist and elbow.

       

      Method

      After the excision of the scar lesion, the full thickness skin defect was reconstructed in stages. To reconstruct a sufficient dermal layer, we locally applied a dermal substitute, initially covered with a meshed silicone sheet. To adequately steady the matrix and avoid shear stress, we used the technique of NPWT in general and a very easily manageable sleeve-like dressing* in particular.

       

      Results

      After complete healing of the graft, the patient is pain-free and no longer limited in her movements. At 1.5 years of follow-up there is no sign of recurrence for keloid.

       

      Conclusions

      The excision of large surface keloids overpassing joints and the use of a dermal matrix associated with skin grafts is a useful technique for restoring full thickness skin defects, particularly on the extremities. NPWT is known to perfectly mold the grafts to the wound. Yet, its application using gauzes or cut out foams and several pieces of transparent and self-adhering film is often difficult and time-consuming. Accordingly, NPWT that can be sealed by overlaying a sleeve simplifies the process, lowers the number of manipulations and thus speeds up the execution time.

       

      *Suprasorb CNP EasyDress - Lohmann & Rauscher

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      REDUCED TISSUE FIBROSIS WITH ADDITION OF TEXTURED COMPRESSION GARMENTS TO EDEMA MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

      Poster presented at WUWHS 2020 13.09.2020 Abu Dhabi, UAE

      Background and Aims

      In the management of leg ulcers and hyperkeratosis of the surrounding skin, it is not uncommon for them to affect very large areas of the leg. The large size also leads to an increase in the level of exudate and the amount of devitalised tissue. As a result, a larger amount of material is needed to loosen and remove the devitalised tissue than is the case with smaller wounds. To evaluate the performance of this debridement pad optimised for larger wounds and the surrounding skin, a small case series was performed.

       

      Methods

      For the case series leg ulcers of various origins that needed debridement were treated once or over a longer period of time with the larger pad when indicated. The treatment was documented both photographically and in writing.

       

      Results

      Five patients between the ages of 64 and 83 were treated. All of them suffered from chronic ulcers covering a big area on their legs. At least some of the wounds were colonised with bacteria/biofilm. Two patients were suffering from hyperkeratosis, too. The debridement with the debridement pad was well tolerated by the patients. Biofilm as well as devitalised tissue were removed effectively. All wounds were healed or becoming better.

       

      Conclusions

      Most of the time one pad was sufficient, even for ulcers spreading to cover the entire gaiter area. A much larger area could be treated efficiently and quicker than it would have been possible with a smaller device. In addition, the enlargement of the device is accompanied by an increase in the absorption capacity for exudate, slough and debris.

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      Providing Compression Options: The Key to Better Compliance and Concordance

      Poster presented at ALA Virtual Conference 2020 28.05.2020 Hobart, Australia

      Aim:

      Compression remains the gold standard for long-term management of chronic edema. Reviews have shown that the benefits of compression diminish according to levels of non-adherence. Reasons commonly stated for nonadherence to compression include inconvenience, heat, cost, and pain. We hypothesize that offering compression options will have positive impact on patients’ compliance and concordance to compression regimens.

       

      Method:

      Observational study performed at 2 different edema management clinics. Ten patients presenting with lower extremity swelling and history of non-compliance with previous compression regiments were observed. Objective data measured included limb volume, range of motion (ROM), functional activity status using the Timed Up and Go(TUG), and assessment of quality of life (QOL) using the Lymphoedema QOL Tool (LYMQOL-LEG). Measurements were taken at four different intervals over a minimum of 3 months. Compression options were individualized to patient's physical presentation and lifestyle for long term management of their edema.

       

      Results / Discussion:

      Compression therapy had a positive impact on all outcomes measured during the intensive phase of therapy. Follow-up outside the intensive phase of therapy demonstrated further volume loss in 6/10 subjects; Volume remained constant 3/10, increased slightly 1/10. LYMQOL scores and functional performance level maintained stable during the follow-up period.

       

      Conclusion:

      Offering multiple compression options including custom and ready-to-wear flat knit stockings*, an adjustable wrap ** and nighttime compression options*** had a positive impact on patients’ adherence to compression regimens during the study period compared to single compression modalities offered previously. Individualizing the compression regimen to each patient’s lifestyle improved their adherence to chronic edema management.

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    4. Journal article

      Intrauterine negative-pressure therapy (IU-NPT) to treat peritonitis after caesarean section

    5. Journal article

      Endoscopic negative pressure therapy with open-pore film drainage and open-pore polyurethane sponge drainage for iatrogenic perforation of the esophagus

      Endoscopy 2020 52(5) 377382

      BACKGROUND

      Management of iatrogenic esophageal perforation (IEP) is challenging. Endoscopic negative pressure therapy (ENPT) is an emerging and effective tool for the treatment of gastrointestinal and anastomotic leaks. We have used ENPT as first-line therapy for IEP since 2017. The aim of this study was to present our results with this strategy in patients with IEP.

      METHODS

      Nine patients were treated with ENPT for IEP between August 2017 and August 2019. Their treatment characteristics, including duration of therapy, strategy used, and outcomes, were analyzed. Treatment included ENPT with open-pore film drainage (OFD) and open-pore polyurethane foam drainage (OPD).

      RESULTS

      Early diagnosis (< 24 hours) of IEP occurred in four patients. After a mean (standard deviation) of 19.0 (13.5) days of ENPT, 6.4 (3.4) endoscopies, and 38.1 (40.3) days of hospitalization, endoscopic treatment was effective and successful in all of the patients. Additional video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) was done in four patients.

      CONCLUSIONS

      ENPT is an effective new method for the management of IEP. ENPT with OFD and OPD can be combined with minimally invasive operative methods for sepsis control in IEP.

      PMID 32252093
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    6. Journal article

      Endoscopic Vacuum Therapy for Staple Line Leaks after Sleeve Gastrectomy

      Obesity surgery 2020 30(4) 13101315

      PURPOSE

      Management of staple line leaks (SLL) after sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is challenging. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel endoscopic vacuum therapy (EVT) modality in the management of sleeve leaks.

      MATERIALS AND METHODS

      Eight patients were treated with EVT for SLL. Therapy data and outcome measures including duration of therapy, therapy success, and change of treatment strategy were collected and analyzed.

      RESULTS

      During the study period, SLL occurred in 1.6% of patients who underwent SG. After 9.8 ± 8.6 days of EVT, 3.3 ± 2.2 endoscopies, and 19 ± 15.1 days of hospitalization, endoscopic treatment using EVT was successful in seven out of eight patients (87.5%).

      CONCLUSIONS

      EVT is an effective method for the management of staple line leaks after sleeve gastrectomy. The use of the intraluminal open-pore film drainage (OFD) could be considered as an advantageous modality of EVT, regarding placement and complications.

      PMID 31792702
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    7. Journal article

      Getunnelte subkutane endoskopische Unterdrucktherapie

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      Compression Therapy Is Not Contraindicated in Diabetic Patients with Venous or Mixed Leg Ulcer

      Journal of clinical medicine 2020 9(11)

      The aim of this study was to investigate if compression therapy (CT) can be safely applied in diabetic patients with Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU), even when a moderate arterial impairment (defined by an Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index 0.5-0.8) occurs as in mixed leg ulcers (MLU).

      MATERIALS AND METHODS

      in one of our previous publications we compared the outcomes of two groups of patients with recalcitrant leg ulcers. Seventy-one patients were affected by mixed venous and arterial impairment and 109 by isolated venous disease. Both groups were treated by tailored inelastic CT (with compression pressure <40 mm Hg in patients with MLU and >60 mm Hg in patients with VLU) and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) of the superficial incompetent veins with the reflux directed to the ulcer bed. In the present sub analysis of the same patients we compared the healing time of 107 non-diabetic patients (NDP), 69 with VLU and 38 with MLU) with the healing time of 73 diabetic patients (DP), 40 with VLU and 33 with MLU.

      RESULTS

      Twenty-five patients were lost at follow up. The results refer to 155 patients who completed the treatment protocol. In the VLU group median healing time was 25 weeks for NDP and 28 weeks in DP (p = 0.09). In the MLU group median healing time was 27 weeks for NDP and 29 weeks for DP (p = -0.19).

      CONCLUSIONS

      when providing leg ulcer treatment by means of tailored compression regimen and foam sclerotherapy for superficial venous refluxes, diabetes has only a minor or no effect on the healing time of recalcitrant VLU or MLU.

      PMID 33227909
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    9. Journal article

      Sub-compression interface pressure measurements in vivo, comparing adjustable compression wraps and custom-made flat knit compression stockings

      Phlebologie 2020

      Background

      Adjustable Compression Wraps (ACW) are used as an alternative to flat-knitted compression stockings (CS) in the maintenance phase of complex decongestive therapy treating of lymphoedema.

       

      Methods

      Self-applied ACW and custom-made CS were compared using sub-compression interface pressure measurements in vivo. Measurements were recorded using manometer-based Picopress®-devices in a sample of n = 30 probands with bilateral symmetric lymphostatic lower leg oedema. Legs were randomised to CS side and ACW side. Following standardised instruction and initial pressure measurements for both systems, ACW pressure measurements were repeated after 2 and 4 hours. Static Stiffness Index and pressure gradients between measuring points B1-C were calculated.

       

      Results

      ACW showed resting pressures and SSI in therapeutic ranges and significantly higher than CS (p < 0.01; p < 0.001). ACW reached significantly higher working pressures (p < 0.001). Resting pressure sub-ACW did not show significant pressure drops after 2 and 4 hours, without re-adjusting. Average pressure gradients between ACW and CS did not differ significantly.

       

      Discussion

      The pressure values reached with ACW underline their therapeutic effects. Pressures under self-applied ACW are relatively stable, even without re-adjusting. Self-application is interpreted as effective. A thorough instruction of patients is essential.

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    10. Journal article

      Die endoskopische Unterdrucktherapie zur Behandlung von ösophagealen Leckagen

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