Better outcomes, better value

Change the outcome for your healthcare budgets

With the ever increasing economic constraints seen in many healthcare systems we understand that your therapy choice has to satisfy your budget as well.

By implementing a 2 week challenge assessment window when dealing with chronic wounds you will be able to quickly assess whether a treatment pathway is having a positive effect or whether to reassess the patient and look at other options. By implementing an assessment window you will avoid needlessly repeating expensive treatment that is not working.

International consensus documents state an antimicrobial dressing should have a positive effect on the wound and the patient within 2 weeks – why settle for anything less?15,16

Economic analysis of a clinical trial in chronic wounds demonstrates that although ACTICOAT was not the cheapest dressing used in the trial its use resulted in a lower cost of nursing time and an overall lower cost per healed wound compared to the other silver dressings assessed (Fig,1)17

ACTICOAT cost per healed wound comparison

Figure 1. In a comparative study in mixed chronic wounds (n=75) the total cost per healed wound was lower compared to the other silver dressings assessed17.

By providing the cost effective solution ACTICOAT enables you to be there for your patients and your budgets.

Change the outcome, take the ACTICOAT 2 WEEK CHALLENGE.

Apply to receive a 2 week's supply of ACTICOAT Flex* samples for appropriate use on an infected wound.

*Where possible samples will be ACTICOAT Flex, in areas where ACTICOAT Flex is not registered an alternative ACTICOAT variant may be offered.

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Infected Wounds

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