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Low-level laser therapy (“LLLT”) has been demonstrated to accelerate wound healing by inducing faster granulation, wound contraction and re-epithelialization.
A Summary of the Research LLLT…
A Guideline to the Clinical Application of LLLT in Diabetic Foot Ulcers
1. Check for contraindications and consider the risks.
What about an infected DFU?
In a study conducted in 2018, 31 subjects had bacterial growth associated with their ulcers. At the end of 15 days, post-LLLT, growth was absent in 67.74% of cases.
2. Prepare the treatment area.
Prior to each session, remove any wound dressing and thoroughly cleanse the wound with normal saline, if available, to remove any remnant of local ointments, pus or debris present.
3. Position the laser probe over the wound and apply treatment.
Treat the entire wound area, starting with the periphery, or edges, of the wound followed by the wound bed. The laser probe should be in direct contact with the wound. If the area is highly sensitive, maintain light contact or hold the probe slightly above the ulcer (i.e.: noncontact mode).
4. Conduct post-treatment procedures.
After each treatment, cover the ulcer with a conventional wound dressing and clean and disinfect the laser probe to prevent cross-contamination between patients.