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      Aloe Vera Gel and Cesarean Wound Healing; A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial


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          Failure in complete healing of the wound is one of the probable complications of cesarean. The present study aimed to determine the effectiveness of dressing with aloe vera gel in healing of cesarean wound.


          This prospective randomized double-blind clinical trial was conducted on 90 women who had undergone cesarean operation in Amir-al-Momenin hospital (Gerash, Iran). The participants were randomly divided into two groups each containing 45 patients. In one group, the wound was dressed with aloe vera gel, while simple dressing was used in the control group. Wound healing was assessed 24 hours and 8 days after the cesarean operation using REEDA scale. The data were analyzed through Chi-square and t-test.


          The participants’ mean age was 27.56±4.20 in the aloe vera group and 26.62±4.88 in the control group, but the difference was not statistically significant. However, a significant difference was found between the two groups concerning body mass index, heart rate, and systolic blood pressure (P<0.05). Also, a significant difference was observed between the two groups with respect to the wound healing score 24 hours after the operation (P=0.003). After 8 days, however, the difference in the wound healing score was not significant (P=0.283). Overall, 45 participants in the aloe vera group and 35 ones in the control group had obtained a zero score 24 hours after the operation. These measures were respectively obtained as 42 and 41eight days after the operation.


          According to the findings of this study, the women are recommended to be informed regarding the positive effects of dressing with aloe vera gel.

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                Glob J Health Sci
                Glob J Health Sci
                Global Journal of Health Science
                Canadian Center of Science and Education (Canada )
                January 2015
                31 August 2014
                : 7
                : 1
                : 203-209
                [1 ]Community Based Nursing & Midwifery Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
                [2 ]Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
                [3 ]Fellowship of Infertility and Laparoscopic Surgery
                [4 ]Department of Epidemiology Faculty of Health & Nutrition Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
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                Correspondence: Fatemeh Mohseni, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. Tel: 98-091-7182-1247. E-mail: mohseni_f@ 123456sums.ac.ir
                Copyright: © Canadian Center of Science and Education

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).


                aloe vera, caesarean, healing, wound


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