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Br J Nurs. 2008 Nov 13-26;17(20):S34-7.

Cycloidal vibration for the treatment of cellulitis in a community setting.

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  • 1Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tissue Viability Countywide Professional Advisor, Lincolnshire, UK.


Cellulitis of the lower limb is a common infection seen in primary care resulting in a significant number of hospital admissions per year. The NHS is proposing and developing services to treat patients more effectively in the community to prevent hospital admission. Cycloidal vibration (CV) therapy is a medical device that when combined with standard antibiotic therapy for cellulitis results in an effective treatment. This retrospective analysis is a review of patients with cellulitis seen in a community medical centre before and after the introduction of CV therapy. This therapy in conjunction with antibiotics resulted in the successful recovery of patients with cellulitis that previously required hospital admission for treatment. As a consequence a significant reduction in the cost of treating these patients has been determined.

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