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RAPID RHINO Technology


CMC Technology – Available exclusively in RAPID RHINOENT Products.

Only Smith & Nephew offers the RAPID RHINO portfolio with an exclusive formulation of CarboxyMethyl Cellulose (CMC), a plant-derived material. When mixed with water, it forms a cushioning hydrocolloid gel that naturally drains from the body after several days.

Natural CMC technology offers multiple patient care advantages, giving healthcare professionals the utmost confidence.

  • Designed to support healing by maintaining a moist physical environment.1,2,3
  • Helps minimize bleeding and edema during surgery – designed to minimize intra- and post-op oozing
  • Fills space and acts as a moist physical barrier between mucosal surfaces to prevent painful adhesions after surgery or trauma
  • Is not associated with hypersensitivity in patients

All strong reasons to make RAPID RHINO products with CMC technology your first choice.

Product Flexibility

The RAPID RHINO product line features a wide range of dissolvable and removable postoperative nasal dressings, as well as a comprehensive portfolio of epistaxis solutions.

CMC Woven Fabric: Reinforcing CMC with nylon holds the fabric together and forms a main component of our epistaxis and removable nasal dressing products. Offered in a wide range of sizes, our epistaxis devices are single-piece self-lubricating inflatable tamponades designed for comfort and ease of insertion.

CMC Dissolvable Fibers: Starting as a dry CMC fiber within a syringe, the CMC forms gel foam when properly mixed with sterile water. This foam conforms to nasal and sinus cavities during placement and provides a moist, hydrocolloid physical barrier that will naturally dissolve over several days.

1. Junker, Johan P.E. et al. Clinical impact upon wound healing and inflammation in moist, wet, and dry environments. Advances in Wound Care 2.7 (2013): 348–356. Web. 14 July 2016.
2. Okushi, Tetsushi et al. Evaluation of symptoms and QOL with calcium alginate versus chitin-coated gauze for meddle meatus packing after endoscopic sinus surgery. Auris Nasus Larynz (2012); 39:31–37.
3. Akiyama, Kosuke et al. Usefulness of nasal packing with silver containing carboxy methylated celluos in endonasal sinus surgery. Auris Nasus Larynx (2014); 41:


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