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Acticoat* Case Study MRomanelli Hip

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Management of a pressure ulcer of the hip with Acticoat* 7 (with SILCRYST TM Nanocrystals)

This case study illustrates the use of Acticoat 7 to heal a pressure ulcer that had failed to respond to previous therapy.


The patient was an 85 year old male, who was partially bedridden and suffering from malnutrition and cachexia. A pressure ulcer had formed on the hip and had been present for 5 months. The woundbed was 95% sloughy, with signs and symptoms of infection, including increased redness, increased exudate and pain (Fig. 1). Previous treatment had involved topical antibiotics and gauze. A deep swab revealed the presence of Staphylococcus aureus, prompting administration of systemic antibiotics twice daily for 7 days.


Acticoat 7 was moistened, applied to the wound and covered with Allevyn*. Dressing changes were carried out every 7 days.


A visual difference could be seen after 20 days (Fig. 2) and complete healing was achieved in 5 weeks (Fig. 3).


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 The patient had approximately 5 months of conventional treatment for his grade 3 pressure ulcer, with the ulcer remaining unhealed.


A 5-piece course of Acticoat 7 resulted in a healed ulcer within 5 weeks.


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