ORLANDO/ An important interim analysis from a nationwide study led by researchers at the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) has been awarded first prize in the annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Healing. “We’re honored to participate in this project with our co-authors from University of North Carolina, University of Miami and Samuel Merritt University”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and lead author on the project. “This type of study is critical for healthcare in general and for wound healing specifically, as it allows us to better compare apples with apples.” Randomized comparative efficacy studies are growing more important because they involve head-to-head comparisons of pharmaceuticals and devices, giving information that traditional placebo controlled studies cannot.
The awarded study describes an interim analysis of two different types of Negative Pressure Wound Healing Devices. Armstrong reported that “The planned interim data show that the two types of devices tested seem to be performing comparably on lower extremity wounds which are limb threatening, but predominantly superficial in nature. We look forward to see if this holds up throughout the study.”