Last updated on February 2018

Subcutaneous Injection and Ultrasonic Dispersion of Cefazolin Into Chronic Pelvic-Region Pressure Ulcers in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury


Brief description of study

Pressure ulcers (PU) are skin breakdowns that often form after blood flow in the skin is reduced from prolonged and repeated exposure to externally applied forces. As many as 85% of individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI) report the occurrence of at least 1 PU since being injured. Despite the increasing attention and emphasis on prevention, PUs still represent a major health risk for persons with SCI. PUs and other skin breakdowns are at risk for becoming infected; it is not uncommon for many different types of "bugs" to be found in the wound. It has been assumed that the presence of these organisms did not impede wound healing or skin graft survival. The current proposal will use a new type of procedure that involves the direct injection of an antibiotic (in saline) into the skin beneath the wound; it is then distributed throughout the wound using a second device that uses sound waves. The study will determine if the antibiotic treatment and the standard of care improves the rate wound closure compared to the standard of care alone in persons with SCI and a chronic pelvic-region PU.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02584426

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