Implications for clinical practice

Intermittent pneumatic compression may increase the rate of wound healing for patients already treated with standard compression, but further study is needed for this to be demonstrated conclusively. Moreover, there is no suggestion that wounds that would fail to heal with standard compression alone are more likely to heal with intermittent pneumatic compression. Therefore, unless the equipment for intermittent pneumatic compression is already available, it is unlikely to be beneficial to begin this therapy in most patients with venous ulcers.

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