Effectiveness of XCell on Autolytic Debridement of Venous Ulcers
Device: XCell cellulose wound dressing
Device: Impregnated gauze dressing
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Cellulose Matrix Wound Dressing for Autolytic Debridement and Healing of Chronic Venous Ulcers|
- Ability of dressing to autolytically debride wound
- To evaluate and compare healing of wounds treated with XCell or control
- To evaluate level of pain
|Study Start Date:||June 2002|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2003|
Chronic wounds are a problem for both the patient and the health care provider. The definition of a chronic wound is one that deviates from the expected sequence of repair in time, appearance and response to aggressive treatment. These wounds can be separated into distinct classes by etiology, specifically, pressure, ischemic, venous, neuropathic, diabetic, inflammatory or infective wounds. The degree of severity can be quite diverse spanning the range of superficial epidermal injury to full-thickness skin loss with extensive destruction, tissue necrosis, and damage to supporting structures including muscle, tendon, and or bone. Treatment of chronic wounds should begin with the management of the underlying etiology. For example: In pressure ulcers the elimination or reduction of pressure is the primary goal; In venous ulcers, improving venous insufficiency or reducing venous hypertension should come first; and in diabetic foot ulceration, proper off loading is essential. After treatment of the underlying pathology, one thing that all chronic wounds have in common is that they require wound bed preparation in order to stimulate the healing process.
Most clinical wound care trials to evaluate therapeutic agents for wounds have been designed to measure healing as the primary endpoint. The sequence of events begins with patient examination, wound classification and then the application of the test agent. In most cases, the test agent is placed over a wound that is contaminated with excessive bacteria, needs debridement, or requires wound bed preparation such as exudate control.
A new wound dressing (Xylos XCell cellulose wound dressing) is a unique biosynthetic matrix material that is hydrophilic and has excellent tensile strength. It has the ability to deliver moisture into a wound or absorb moisture. This cellulose matrix is microbially derived, biocompatible, pyrogen-free and completely non-toxic. In previous clinical trials this dressing displayed the ability to aid the natural process of autolytic wound debridement, cleansing and exudate control. From initial observations, it appears that this cellulose matrix provides an environment that prepares the wound bed by eliminating nonviable tissue, reducing bacterial burden, controlling exudate and exposing healthy granulation tissue. With successful wound bed preparation one can now concentrate on healing the chronic wound.
This clinical trial is designed to evaluate the natural cleansing (autolytic debridement process) and healing attributes of this new cellulose wound dressing compared to standard of care (impregnated gauze). Venous ulcers have been chosen as the model because these wounds are often covered with thick fibrous non-viable tissue, are poorly vascularized, are contaminated with numerous bacteria and exude copious amount of wound fluid.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00446823
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Boston University School of Medicine|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118|
|United States, New York|
|University Wound Care Center|
|Bronx, New York, United States, 10461|
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19116|
|Principal Investigator:||Oscar M Alvarez, Ph.D.||University Wound Clinics, LLC|