Treat­ment trial

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Ve­nous ul­cer suf­fer­ers are needed for a new treat­ment trial that may help heal­ing when used with com­pres­sion ban­dages. Aspirin4VLU will in­volve a low dose as­pirin taken daily by peo­ple with ve­nous ul­cers us­ing com­pres­sion ban­dages. It will be led by the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land’s Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health In­no­va­tion as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor An­drew Jull. Older peo­ple will be able to take part in the trial due to the low dose. Ve­nous ul­cers are chronic wounds of the lower leg that are more com­mon in older peo­ple. The main treat­ment, putting the af­fected leg in tight com­pres­sion ban­dages or stock­ings, has not changed since the 17th cen­tury. Pa­tients will be ran­domly al­lo­cated into two groups, with one tak­ing the low dose as­pirin and the other tak­ing a placebo cap­sule with no as­pirin. Re­searchers aim to re­cruit 354 par­tic­i­pants over the next two years. Peo­ple in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the trial should talk with their dis­trict nurse to see if they are el­i­gi­ble.

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