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Optical Measurements of Tissue Oxygen Saturation in Lower Limb Wound Healing

  • David K. Harrison
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 540)

Abstract

It is has been estimated that hospital acquired (nosocomial) infections cost the National Health Service (NHS), in England alone, £931 million per annum.1 Of this, the cost of lower limb wound infections (which account for about 21% of all surgical wound infections) can be calculated at £13.7 million per annum. Thus, the development of techniques that can quantify the risk of infection and thus allow early preventative treatment is desirable on both clinical and economic grounds.

Keywords

National Health Service Critical Limb Ischaemia Surgical Wound Infection Lower Extremity Wound Tissue Oxygen Saturation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David K. Harrison
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  1. 1.Regional Medical Physics Department, Durham UnitUniversity Hospital of North DurhamDurhamUK

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