Optical Measurements of Tissue Oxygen Saturation in Lower Limb Wound Healing
It is has been estimated that hospital acquired (nosocomial) infections cost the National Health Service (NHS), in England alone, £931 million per annum.1 Of this, the cost of lower limb wound infections (which account for about 21% of all surgical wound infections) can be calculated at £13.7 million per annum. Thus, the development of techniques that can quantify the risk of infection and thus allow early preventative treatment is desirable on both clinical and economic grounds.
KeywordsNational Health Service Critical Limb Ischaemia Surgical Wound Infection Lower Extremity Wound Tissue Oxygen Saturation
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