Paper Title: A Conformable Hydrogel in the Debridement of Complex Necrotic Wounds
Author: Cassino R, Ricci E, et al, Italy
Reference: Presented at European Wound Management Association (EWMA) conference Milan, 1997
- Details the management of heavily exuding necrotic wounds in 50 patients (stage III - IV pressure sores, leg ulcers and post traumatic wounds).
- Wounds were cleansed with saline and INTRASITE Conformable dressing applied to the wound bed. Secondary dressings were chosen dependent upon the level of exudate. The frequency of dressing changes was dependent upon the wound condition.
- The study evaluated the following parameters - efficacy of autolytic debridement, conformance to the wound, ease of use and reduction in leakage.
INTRASITE Conformable was found to be easy to mould to the wound and both easy to apply and remove. The dressing was particularly useful in areas subject to pressure/friction and areas where it is usually difficult to keep an amorphous gel in place e.g. heels.
Paper Title: INTRASITE Gel Conformable as a Debrider in Pressure Sores, Stage IV
Author: Cassino R, Ricci E, et al Italy
Reference: Presented at European Wound Management Association (EWMA) conference Milan 1997
- Details the debridement of mixed aetiology wounds in a nursing home environment for 16 patients, covering pressure sores, trauma and vascular deficiency.
- Secondary dressings included semi-permeable films, hydrocolloids and polyurethane hydrocellular cavity dressings.
- Study objectives included an evaluation of time required for debridement, the number of dressing changes to complete debridement, dressing durability and handling properties.
- Easy application of INTRASITE Conformable to both shallow and cavity wounds.
- Ability to shape and position the dressing directly in areas requiring debridement.
- A high degree of patient comfort.
- Reduced incidence of leakage compared to standard amorphous hydrogel dressings.
- Reduced numbers of dressing changes.
In conclusion, the conformable dressing showed improved handling properties, wound contact and increased durability.