February New Products and Industry News
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Foam dressing helps wounds that need bridging
Kinetic Concepts Inc ([KCI] San Antonio, TX) launched its new V.A.C.® GranuFoam™ Bridge XG Dressing. The new dressing enables more complete coverage of large wounds requiring bridging, including difficult to access pressure ulcers. Intended for use with the company’s Vacuum Assisted Closure (V.A.C.)® Therapy Units, the dressing offers the traditional healing benefits of the V.A.C.® GranuFoam™ Dressing, while allowing for bridging of the SensaT.R.A.C.™ Pad away from the wound site and simplified dressing application. Retrospective studies have shown the therapy has potential advantages for the treatment of pressure ulcers. The therapy systems with SensaT.R.A.C. technology are the only negative pressure wound therapy devices that monitor and adjust negative pressure delivery at the wound site.
For more information, visit www.kci1.com.
eLearning portal provides educational programs and solutions
Derma Sciences (Princeton, NJ) launched a new eLearning Portal to keep clinicians abreast of the latest information and product solutions in the company's advanced wound care line. The portal contains both new and aggregated content, including archived webinars to support educational needs on topics such as wound debridement, the use of Medihoney™ on stalled wounds and those with atypical etiologies, and the benefits of super absorbent polymer technology in moist wound dressings. New webinars will be added approximately every 6 weeks. The portal also aggregates abstracts, articles, and peer-reviewed clinical posters on honey, as well as broadcast media coverage of the company's products and product literature available for download. Clinicians also can request product samples directly from the eLearning portal.
For more information, visit www.dermasciences.com.
Bariatric mattress overlay prevents pressure ulcers
EHOB Inc (Indianapolis, IN) released its newest static air overlay designed for bariatric patients. The Waffle® Bariatric Mattress Overlay is filled with air, which is the ideal media to support and float the most vulnerable soft tissues of the body, and the overlay design allows the body to sink down into the product, protecting and comforting while contouring to the body. The low-profile chamber of air redistributes the patient’s weight evenly on the surface. The overlay is clinically effective in keeping the patient stable and comfortable while preventing pressure ulcers. The new overlay is designed for a bariatric-size bed, measuring 76" x 47" x 3" and also may be used on a standard full-sized bed for the home. Additionally, skin temperature and moisture control are achieved through the overlay’s diamond-patterned holes, which naturally circulate air while allowing skin to breathe. Combined with a nonabrasive, medical grade vinyl, the new overlay substantially reduces pressure and tissue tear. The product accompanies the patient from acute care to long-term care to their homes.
For more information, visit www.ehob.com.
Distribution/licensing agreements reached for wound and skin therapy products
SteadMed™ Medical LLC (Fort Worth, TX) and Swiss-American Products Inc. (Carrollton, TX) entered into an exclusive distribution agreement for Elta® branded medical products sold throughout North America. Developed and manufactured by Swiss-American, the Elta wound and skin therapy product line includes incontinence products, silver antimicrobial products, protease-enhanced products, moisturizers, and dressings.
Additionally, SteadMed™ Medical LLC and South African-based Beier Drawtex® Healthcare (Pty) Ltd. entered into an exclusive licensing and distribution agreement for the US and Canada.