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Clinical trial for PEMF for chronic wounds (ongoing, August 2022)

Detailed Description:

The goal of the three-arm trial is to employ application of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) directly over chronic wounds combined with standard of care local wound therapy (SOC). Three different PEMF devices, one a low power system (LP-PEMF), another a high power system (HP-PEMF) and the third a sham device that does not emit energy (S-PEMF) will be employed as adjuncts to standard wound care. The primary hypothesis to be tested is that exposure of wounds to one of the PEMF devices leads to significantly better and faster healing than the sham system.

Research Design:

An investigator initiated, prospective, double blinded parallel three arm treatment study. Subjects are randomized to receive one of the three PEMF devices (LP-PEMF, HP-PEMF or sham device) twice daily for 15 minutes directly over a wound. Initially, 40 subjects from each treatment group will be enrolled for total of 120 subjects at VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALB) at the interim analysis. Based on the results of that analysis, one of the treatment arms will be eliminated and a follow-up study will continue with the remaining two arms. Additional 60 to 100 subjects are to be enrolled after interim analysis and the study may expand to Greater Los Angeles Medical Center. The study is expected to last 2 years.

Participating eligible subjects will be asked to come to the VALB once a week for 14 weeks and then for 2 or 3 visits over 8 more weeks. The total number of visits including the first visit could be up to 17 visits in 5 months. The study has three phases: Screening phase (2 weeks); Treatment phase (12 weeks); and Follow-up phase (8 weeks). Subjects participation in the study may last up to 22 weeks, but subjects who heal early during the Treatment phase will have a reduced period of participation based on when their wound heals.


Inclusion criteria include age ≥21 years; presence of venous leg ulcers (VLU), Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) or Pressure Ulcers (PU); wound size between 2 and 30 cm2; no exposed joint, tendon or bone, no tunneling or sinus tracts; wound duration ≥ 6 weeks.

Each wound will be reviewed for eligibility by assessing with duplex ultrasound, skin changes, tendon/bone/joint involvement, Ankle brachial Pressure Index (ABI), BMI, Hemoglobin A1c, Albumin and other medical history.

Female subjects who are currently breast feeding or capable of conceiving and all males capable of insemination must use an acceptable form of contraception in order to participate in the study (acceptable forms of contraception include condoms for males and contraceptive pills or IUDs for women).

Findings: None

Clinical Significance: Potentially beneficial treatment option for veterans with diabetic foot ulcer, venous leg ulcers or pressure ulcers.

Responsible Party: PEMF Systems, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05493943     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VA Protocol 5.9
First Posted: August 9, 2022    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 1, 2022
Last Verified: August 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No


Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: Yes
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes


LINK: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05493943

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