Kerraboot® vs Allevyn for treating diabetic foot ulcers

Michael Edmonds, Ali Foster, Tim Jemmott, David Kerr, Rayaz Malik, Ann Knowles, Edward Jude, Paul Chadwick, Lufat Rahaman, Neil Murray

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Background: Diabetic ulcers are slow to heal and may result in amputation in 10-25% of patients. Kerraboot® was designed to encourage granulation, remove exudate away from the wound and enhance patient comfort during dressing changes. Aims: In this study of 32 patients, the acceptability of Kerraboot® for the management of diabetic foot ulcers was compared to standard wound care treatment, Allevyn™ by patients and healthcare workers. Methods: Questionnaires were completed by patients and healthcare workers to assess acceptability of dressing and impact on quality of life. Results: Kerraboot® was better than Allevyn™ in terms of ease of application and removal, convenience and resource utilisation. A 50% reduction in the time taken to change the dressing was noted in the Kerraboot® group (mean = 6.8, SD= 4.66 minutes vs Allevyn™, mean= 9.9, SD= 3.78 minutes; P=0.017). By the first week, 85.7% of the patients in the Kerraboot® group were able to change their dressing independently of nurses compared with 62.5% in the Allevyn™ group. Conclusions. Although there was no difference in healing rates between the groups, in the non-healing wounds there was a noticeable difference in the reduction of slough and increase in granulation tissue in the Kerraboot® group compared to Allevyn™. Declaration of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalWounds UK
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Diabetes nursing
  • Dressings
  • Leg ulcers
  • Patients: empowerment
  • Research and development
  • Wounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Edmonds, M., Foster, A., Jemmott, T., Kerr, D., Malik, R., Knowles, A., Jude, E., Chadwick, P., Rahaman, L., & Murray, N. (2006). Kerraboot® vs Allevyn for treating diabetic foot ulcers. Wounds UK, 2(1), 25-31.