Blood Flow in Vascular Patients
A single centre open label pilot study measuring lower limb blood flow in vascular patients using the geko™ neuromuscular electrostimulation device
This pilot study measures the blood flow in the veins, arteries and capillaries of the legs with and without the investigational device active. It is known that increased blood flow aids the healing of wounds by increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery as well as the removal of toxins. Healthy volunteer studies have shown an increase in blood flow when using the geko (tm) device and this study at The Countess of Chester Hospital aims to show that the increase is present in patients too. Five patients with the following conditions will be enrolled: Chronic critical limb, ischemia, (requiring) arterial by-pass, arterial ulcer, vascular ulcer, stroke.
Bllod flow is measured using two non-invasive techniques 1) ultrasound and 2) laser doppler flow.
West Midlands - Edgbaston Research Ethics Committee
Date of REC Opinion
9 May 2013
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