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Every July, Ostomy Wound Management highlights product and service innovations in the fields of wound, ostomy, skin, and incontinence care. We invite manufacturers to describe products to entice readers to explore new options and add to their armamentarium of management tools. A more complete list of products is always available at www.WOUNDS360bg.com, a dynamic forum that not only features constantly updated product information along with photos, but also provides opportunity for clinician feedback. OWM hopes readers will make frequent use of all product resources and weigh in and share their experiences with the products and services presented. The editors are grateful to our industry partners for participating in this effort.
3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer – 3M Health Care Compression System
The 3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System enables patients to wear their own shoes and maintain daily living activities, as demonstrated in a randomized, controlled clinical study (RCT). It is clinically proven to provide safe, comfortable, sustained therapeutic compression to reduce edema while staying in place. Results of an additional RCT showed that with this compression system, pain decreased 50% within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment for venous leg ulcers.
The system is ideal for the majority of patients with venous leg ulcers and an ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) of ≥0.8, lymphedema, and other conditions where compression therapy is appropriate. 3M Coban 2 Layer Lite Compression System was developed for patients less tolerant of compression therapy, including persons with wounds of mixed etiology with an ABPI ≥0.5, new to compression, of unknown tolerance, or who are frail and less mobile.
AQUACEL® Foam Dressing – ConvaTec
ConvaTec just introduced AQUACEL® foam dressing, the first dressing to combine a soft absorbent foam pad with the healing benefits of its proprietary AQUACEL® interface. As shown in an in vitro study, the dressing has a waterproof barrier that allows for the evaporation of excess moisture and protection against viral and bacterial penetration.1 The soft absorbent foam pad enhances patient comfort and absorbs excess fluid.
The AQUACEL® dressing interface is engineered to gel on contact with wound exudate.2 This allows the dressing to micro-contour to the wound bed, minimizing dead space where bacteria can grow.3 The interface also maintains a moist wound environment that supports the body’s healing process2 and prevents lateral spread of fluid to reduce the risk of maceration.4
AQUACEL® foam dressing has a gentle silicone adhesive designed to adhere only to the surrounding skin, not to the wound bed. The silicone allows for easy application and non-traumatic dressing removal.5 It is available in adhesive and nonadhesive options in a range of sizes.
1. AQUACEL™ foam dressing-waterproofness, bacterial and viral barrier testing. WHR13538 MS069. Data on File. ConvaTec Inc.
2. Walker M, Hobot JA, Newman GR, Bowler PG. Scanning electron microscopic examination of bacterial immobilisation in a carboxymethylcellulose (Aquacel) and alginate dressing. Biomaterials. 2003;24(5):883–890.
3. Jones SA, Bowler PG, Walker M. Antimicrobial activity of silver-containing dressings is influenced by dressing conformability with a wound surface. WOUNDS. 2005;17(9):263–270.
4. Waring MJ, Parsons D. Physico-chemical characterisation of carboxymethylated spun cellulose fibres. Biomaterials. 2001;22:903–912.
5. Healthy Volunteer Study Report, Protocol CW-0207-11-A736. Data on File, ConvaTec Inc.
IntelliTrak™ ¬– Intellicure, Inc
Intellicure is unmatched in the area of innovation in wound center billing.