WOUNDCHEK™ Protease Status point of care test for chronic wounds

September 2012
Technology Description:

The WOUNDCHEK™ Protease Status test is a new point of care (POC) test designed to assess protease (or enzyme) activity levels in chronic (long-lasting) wounds. A chronic wound typically shows no sign of healing over four to six weeks. High levels of proteases (found in wound fluid) are associated with poor wound healing. This POC test can indicate within 15 minutes whether protease activity levels are elevated. This may help clinicians to make quicker, better informed and cost-effective decisions about which treatment to use. However, more trial evidence is needed before it is known what the true clinical benefits of adding this new test might be.