New Products for August 2003

Abdominal therapy system launched

Kinetic Concepts Incorporated (KCI, Cincinnati, OH) recently introduced the V.A.C.® Abdominal Dressing System, a form of negative pressure wound therapy that can provide clinical and cost effective treatment for chronic and traumatic wounds in hospitals, extended care facilities, and at home. The new abdominal dressing system is used in conjunction with the V.A.C.® ATS System™ (Advanced Therapy System) for patients with open abdomens resulting from complex abdominal pathologies. Clinical and patient benefits of the dressing system may include assisting in managing the open abdomen, protecting the abdominal contents through its nonadherent layer, and helping to allow for delayed primary closure

The advanced therapy system™ is designed for the acute care setting and for heavily exudating wounds. It has touch-screen operation for ease of use and an on-screen help guide for users. It also features a larger volume capacity with a 500-cc canister and T.R.A.C.™ technology that provides pressure sensing at the wound site.

For more information, visit www.kci1.com. - OWM

New compression therapy option available

Smith + Nephew (Largo, Fla.) has introduced ProGuide*, a reduced multilayer, high compression bandaging system that can achieve the right level of compression to effectively and successfully manage venous leg ulcers.

The system comes in three sizes to accommodate different ankle circumferences and consists of an easy-to-apply, advanced, non-adherent wound contact layer, a super-absorbent padding layer, and a patented, outer compression layer incorporating "Vari-Stretch™" Technology.

For further information, call (800) 876-1261. - OWM

Healthcare personnel have new water-optional handwashing product

Healthpoint® Ltd. (Fort Worth, Tex.) introduced Triseptin®, the first water-optional healthcare personnel handwash and the first traditional alcohol-based product of its kind to meet the FDA's TFM in vivo testing requirements. The product contains a 61% ethyl alcohol active ingredient with a preservative in an emollient-rich formulation. It allows healthcare personnel the convenience of utilization with water to remove dirt, debris, and proteinaceous material, or waterless to quickly disinfect hands between patient contact.

The handwash is available in a 2-oz personal size and a 16-oz pump bottle.

For more information, visit www.healthpoint.com. - OWM

New salve helps prevent radiation side effects

Jeans Cream (Peabody, Mass.) is a new salve, created by a breast cancer patient, that is designed to help prevent the side effects of radiation therapy, including skin burns, flaking, tearing, and oozing. The cream is formulated with moisturizers including aloe vera gel and contains no alcohol or fragrances, is not greasy, will not stick to clothing, and readily absorbs into the skin.

For more information, visit www.jeanscream.com. - OWM

New chair pad offers comfort and protection

Gaymar Industries, Inc., (Orchard Park, NY) introduced the JAIRY Chair pad, a modular, static air, complete support surface for a geriatric chair. Designed for the resident/patient who needs protection against skin breakdown while seated, the JAIRY Chair pad provides pressure management as well as comfort and affordability. The pre-inflated chair pad is non-powered and never requires inflation. Cradled in a high quality foam crib, the pad is constructed of more than 50 individual cells that work together to redistribute weight over the cushions and effectively reduce tissue interface pressure. It is enclosed in a moisture resistant, vapor permeable, non-slip, easy-to-clean cover, and guaranteed for 1 year.

The chair comes in two styles, standard and deluxe, with two cover options, nylon or Penn Nyla. The standard model supports the ischials and back area, while the deluxe model provides additional support for the legs.

For more information, visit www.gaymar.com or call (800) 828-7341 or 716-662-2551. - OWM

Wound management gets boost from range of dressings

With the recent addition of four new Allevyn dressings, Smith + Nephew (Largo, Fla.) now includes 11 dressing choices. Effective exudate management while maintaining a moist, healing wound environment continues to be a hallmark for this group of products, as well as ease of use and long wear time (up to 7 days), helping the nursing profession provide better care in less time.

Allevyn Thin can be used for wounds with low to moderate and no exudate. Its two-layer construction comprises highly absorbent polyurethane foam and a waterproof outer film, giving this foam dressing a semi-transparent appearance. The self-adhesive product creates a gentle, mild adhesion to reduce pain and trauma on removal.

Allevyn Plus Adhesive is based on the traditional Allevyn trilaminate technology, comprised of a wound contact layer, a highly absorbent central layer, and a waterproof outer layer that helps prevent bacterial contamination. The "plus" design features a 50% thicker hydrophilic core that can hold high to extra high levels of exudate. A low-allergy adhesive and surfactant are combined in the adhesion layer to provide secure fixation, while keeping the moist wound bed clear for epithelialization and granulation to continue uninterrupted.

Allevyn Plus Cavity, constructed from a polyurethane matrix design with dual sided low-tack natural adhesive, provides high absorbency with convenience in packing, filling, and removing the product from cavity areas.

Allevyn Compression is a non-adhesive dressing for moderate-to-highly exuding wounds needing compression therapy. It provides the wound management of the product line with the ease of use and comfort of a non-adhesive, polyurethane film contact layer for use on sensitive or delicate surrounding skin.

For more information, visit www.snwmd.com. - OWM

"Cut-to-Fit" pouches feature convex design

Marlen Manufacturing and Development Company (Bedford, Ohio) introduced the new UltraMax™ Convex "Cut-to-Fit" series of pouches, featuring the company's AquaTack™ hydrocolloid barrier, which covers the entire flange on each pouch. This helps adherence to moist skin, absorbing the moisture while sealing securely. Additionally, the barrier removes easily from sensitive skin, reducing the chance for tape burns. The barrier maintains maximum flexibility and comfort while preserving skin protection and leak-free security. The flange features a convex design with a half-inch (12 mm) starter hole adjustable up to 1.5" (38 mm).

The convex "cut-to-fit" series is available in urostomy, drainable, and closed-end styles, constructed of a quiet, odor-proof material with a built-in comfort cover. The drainable and closed-end pouches are available with either a transparent or opaque backing (the urostomy pouch comes with transparent backing only).

For more information, visit wwwmarlenmfg.com. - OWM

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