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Alginate dressings for venous leg ulcers

  1. Susan O'Meara*,
  2. Marrissa Martyn-St James

Editorial Group: Cochrane Wounds Group

Published Online: 30 APR 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 30 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010182.pub2


How to Cite

O'Meara S, Martyn-St James M. Alginate dressings for venous leg ulcers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD010182. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010182.pub2.

Author Information

  1. University of York, Department of Health Sciences, York, UK

*Susan O'Meara, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Area 2 Seebohm Rowntree Building, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK. susan.omeara@york.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 30 APR 2013

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[Figure 1]
Figure 1. Flow diagram of the trial selection process.
[Figure 2]
Figure 2. Risk of bias graph: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item presented as percentages across all included trials.
[Figure 3]
Figure 3. Risk of bias summary: review authors' judgements about each risk of bias item for each included trial.
[Figure 4]
Figure 4. Forest plot of comparison: 2 Hydrocolloid dressings compared with alginate dressings, outcome: 2.1 Proportion of ulcers healed at 6 and 12 weeks.
[Analysis 1.1]
Analysis 1.1. Comparison 1 Tegagen HG alginate dressing compared with Sorbsan alginate dressing, Outcome 1 Proportion of ulcers healed at 6 weeks.
[Analysis 1.2]
Analysis 1.2. Comparison 1 Tegagen HG alginate dressing compared with Sorbsan alginate dressing, Outcome 2 Score for comfort of dressing during wear time at 6 weeks.
[Analysis 1.3]
Analysis 1.3. Comparison 1 Tegagen HG alginate dressing compared with Sorbsan alginate dressing, Outcome 3 Score for comfort during dressing removal at 6 weeks.
[Analysis 1.4]
Analysis 1.4. Comparison 1 Tegagen HG alginate dressing compared with Sorbsan alginate dressing, Outcome 4 Exudate absorption score at 6 weeks.
[Analysis 1.5]
Analysis 1.5. Comparison 1 Tegagen HG alginate dressing compared with Sorbsan alginate dressing, Outcome 5 Ease of dressing removal score at 6 weeks.
[Analysis 2.1]
Analysis 2.1. Comparison 2 Hydrocolloid dressings compared with alginate dressings, Outcome 1 Proportion of ulcers healed at 6 and 12 weeks.
[Analysis 2.2]
Analysis 2.2. Comparison 2 Hydrocolloid dressings compared with alginate dressings, Outcome 2 Change in ulcer area in mm2 at 12 weeks.
[Analysis 2.3]
Analysis 2.3. Comparison 2 Hydrocolloid dressings compared with alginate dressings, Outcome 3 Percentage change in ulcer area at 12 weeks.
[Analysis 2.4]
Analysis 2.4. Comparison 2 Hydrocolloid dressings compared with alginate dressings, Outcome 4 Mean wear time (days).
[Analysis 2.5]
Analysis 2.5. Comparison 2 Hydrocolloid dressings compared with alginate dressings, Outcome 5 Proportion of participants experiencing adverse events.
[Analysis 3.1]
Analysis 3.1. Comparison 3 Plain non-adherent dressings compared with alginate dressings, Outcome 1 Proportion of ulcers healed at 12 weeks.