Clinical Evidence

The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) has acknowledged that electrical stimulation is effective in treating a wide range of wound types including venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and mixed ulcers.


Evidence supporting electrical stimulation for wound healing

Many studies have investigated the use of electrical stimulation in wounds and the evidence base in this area is strong with five meta-analyses, six systematic reviews and over 30 RCTs reporting the benefits of the therapy (the diagram demonstrates evidence for electrical stimulation). Electrical stimulation is proven to improve healing whilst reducing pain and inflammation. Specific subsensory stimulation from devices such as Accel-Heal is safe to use. For an overview of these papers click here.


Accel-Heal evidence

23 published articles, including 10 papers and 13 posters, describe the effects of Accel-Heal. These articles describe the results of 160 patients treated with Accel-Heal published in the clinical literature.

Clinical studies

Electrical stimulation therapy and electroceutical treatment for the management of venous leg ulcers (PDF)

Ovens L, British Journal of Community Nursing, March 2017, 22 Suppl 3, p S28-S36

The results of a clinical evaluation of Accel-Heal® electroceutical treatment in a large NHS Trust (PDF)

Nicola Turner, Tissue Viability Nurse Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent partnership Trust (SSOTP) & Liz Ovens, Independent Tissue Viability Nurse and Associate Lecturer Bucks New University, Wounds UK, Vol 13, No 4, 2017, p 80-99

Right Care, Right Time - An evaluation using an electroceutical treatment* to determine the clinical outcomes in a large NHS Trust (PDF)

Poster presentation by Nicola Turner, Tissue Viability Nurse in a large community NHS partnership Trust & Liz Ovens, Independent Tissue Viability Nurse and Associate Lecturer Bucks New University, Wounds UK November 2017

Application of Accel-Heal® for patients with chronic venous leg ulcers: an evaluation in a community UK NHS trust (PDF)

Ovens, L. Wounds UK, issue 02-07-2019. Citation: Ovens, L. Wounds UK 2019;15(3):78-84

Breaking the cycle of hard-to-heal wounds with electroceutical treatment (PDF)

Liz Ovens, Independent Tissue Viability Nurse and Associate Lecturer Bucks New University, Wounds UK Bristol Nurse Symposium, October 2017

Using electroceutical treatment to reduce symptoms and improve healing in chronic wounds (PDF)

Ovens EM, Primary Health Care, Vol 27, No 6, July 2017, p 22-27

Electroceutical therapy to manage complex leg ulcers; a case series of three patients (PDF)

Liz Ovens, Wounds UK, Vol 10, No 2, 2014, p79 – 83

Changes in S100 Proteins Identified in Healthy Skin following Electrical Stimulation: Relevance for Wound Healing (PDF)

Lalyatt et al 2018. Citation: Advances in Skin & Wound Care; 31(7):322-327

Case studies

Improving patient quality of life with innovative electroceutical technology (PDF)

Greaves T. Wounds UK 2014 Poster, Wounds UK 2014 Conference, November 2014

Accel-Heal®: a new therapy for chronic wounds (PDF)

Tadej et al 2010. Journal of Community Nursing 2010;4(5):16-20

An audience survey of practice relating to pain in the management of chronic venous leg ulcers (PDF)

Atkin L and Martin R. 2020. J. Community Wound Care. Dec 2020; S20-S23.

Alternative approaches need to be considered for managing venous leg ulcers failing to heal despite high compression therapy: A case study to demonstrate the effectiveness of using electrical stimulation therapy (EST) alongside compression therapy. (PDF)

Karen Layflurrie Clinical Lead Leg Ulcer Services HertsOne and Central London Community Healthcare Trust

Liz Ovens Independent Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse


Dr Salma Alktebi and Dr Amira Al Adab
Wound Care and Plastic Surgery Team, Al Qassimi hospital, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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