Remote Ischemic Conditioning (RIC): Can a Blood Pressure Cuff Heal A Wound?

Intermittent cycles of remote ischemic preconditioning augment diabetic foot ulcer healing.

 

Can creating a transient ischemic event in an extremity lead to wound healing? Early data from colleagues in Israel (see link above) suggest that this may be the case. In a randomized, sham-controlled study, people receiving RIC had a significantly greater likelihood of healing, more rapid healing, and greater overall granulation tissue at the end of study.

 

The findings above follow well with other works that have supported findings in multiple organ systems. Here’s a strong review on the subject and below we share some helpful diagrams.

 

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David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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