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Doctor's pounds 2m study into broken legs.

A COVENTRY doctor is leading a pounds 2million study to find the best way to treat patients with major leg fractures.

Leg factures are common injuries and the majority are so called 'closed fractures' which means the skin around the bone remains intact.

If the fracture is 'open' because the bone breaks through the skin, there is a greater risk of infection and disability.

Traditionally open wounds are cleaned and fitted with a sterile dressing.

However, an innovative alternative dressing, called negative pressure wound therapy, has been developed by medic al experts.

It involves laying foam onto the wound, which is then attached to a pump to create a partial vacuum.

This removes blood and ooze from the wound to reduce the risk of infection, but is more expensive than traditional dressings.

The study will be led Matt Costa, an orthopaedic consultant at University Hospital and a professor at Warwick Medical School.

He said: "Infections in fracture wounds cause patients pain and delay their recovery. I hope this study will demonstrate which is the best and most cost effective treatment for patients so that they get the best care as soon as possible."

After an initial six-month study in Coventry, the main trial will begin at 18 trauma centres throughout the UK.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 13, 2012
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