NICE

MTG42 UrgoStart for treating diabetic foot ulcers and leg ulcers

UrgoStart (Urgo Medical) is an interactive dressing for treating diabetic foot ulcers and leg ulcers. It consists of a layer of open-weave polyester mesh impregnated with hydrocolloid polymers within a petroleum jelly known as technology lipido-colloid (TLC). It also contains nano-oligosaccharide factor (NOSF) and has an absorbent pad and a semi-permeable backing.

Evidence supports the case for adopting UrgoStart dressings to treat diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers in the NHS, because they are associated with increased wound healing compared with non-interactive dressings.

Cost modelling shows that, compared with standard care, using UrgoStart dressings to treat diabetic foot ulcers is associated with a cost saving of £342 per patient after 1 year. It also shows that UrgoStart is likely to be cost saving for treating venous leg ulcers, but the robustness of this conclusion is less certain from the evidence available.

Published January 2019

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