A double blind randomised placebo-controlled trial of topical Aloe Vera Gel in Emergency Department patients presenting with simple traumatic wounds

Simple traumatic wounds are a common presenting symptom to the Emergency Department (ED) affecting thousands of patients worldwide every day. Aloe Vera is a natural product that has been linked to better healing both anecdotally and in animal studies. A recent Cochrane review failed to find any human studies on acute wounds such as those seen in the ED. The aim of this study is to see whether Aloe Vera gel improves the wound healing time in these patients. We plan to enrol 216 patients presenting to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh ED with simple traumatic wounds into a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial. The trial will be conducted by EMERGE (Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh, www.emergeresearch.org).