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For release: December 17, 2012

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,

Akron General chosen for leg sore research study
Akron General currently only site in Ohio; subjects being recruited

Akron General’s Wound Center is participating in a large multicenter clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a new treatment for venous leg ulcers, and potential subjects are now being accepted. In all, the studies being conducted at 45 sites throughout the United States and Canada will enroll more than 700 participants.

Venous leg ulcers are shallow, open wounds on the legs often seen in patients with chronic venous insufficiency that can be difficult to heal and commonly reoccur. This clinical trial is evaluating the effectiveness of a novel wound treatment in conjunction with compression therapy.

Interested participants must have:
· Venous leg ulcer between ankle and knee;
· Wound size area between 2-12 cm2;
· Maximum of three wounds per study leg; and
· Wound duration between six weeks to two years.

Study participants can expect their involvement to last up to 27 weeks, depending on healing rate and leg ulcer size. All participants will receive all study-related exams, evaluations, wound care, and study medication at no cost. Financial compensation for time and travel may also be provided to those who qualify. For more information, contact Akron General’s Wound Center at 330-376-4325 or visit
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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