Category Archives: Wound Care

Elastikon Tape

Proper wound care is never complete without useful and versatile medical products. Medical tape is a product that is particularly designed to close wounds and keep bandages in place. These tapes are available in a range of lengths, widths, sizes and types that are able to cope with different bandaging needs. While some tapes are more breathable, others are thick and smooth.

Elastikon Elastic tape is a flexible tape that until recently was manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson’s wound care line was acquired by Systagenix this year. This elastic tape involves natural rubber in its dry form. It can easily be applied to any kind of wound dressing.
Elastikon Tape

Johnson and Johnson closely understands  medical needs for wound dressings. They are a manufacturer of therapeutic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, surgical, and diagnostic products. Elastikon tape helps to exert controlled and continuous pressure on wounds that drain blood, pus, or any other fluid. A majority of health care experts suggest using this tape where wound dressings require pressure as well as elasticity. Elastikon is an ideal medical tape that supports strapping, shoulders, elbows, knees, fractures and muscle injuries.

Johnson and Johnson’s elastic tape is thick and smooth and also allows the skin to breathe. Its porous structure helps the skin maintain adequate levels of moisture and supports rapid wound healing. It involves bi-directional elasticity that offers great comfort and peace of mind to a person. Exceptional adhesion, incomparable strength, and absorbent material; Elastikon has the perfect elements to reduce the possibility of skin irritation. It can be easily used on body parts where other tapes cannot possibly reach. For instance, you can conveniently use this tape on your knees, shoulders, and elbows.

A red line on Elastikon tape allows for uniform pressure and application. You can easily remove this elastic tape because of its rubber-based adhesive. Elastikon provides gentle support, compression, and comfort to an individual.

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Allevyn Wound Care

Wound care and healing are methodical, chemical and biological processes that require useful medical products along with extreme care. Since there are multiple kinds of wounds where each has its individual characteristics, dressing selection becomes a great medical challenge.

While some wounds are deep and require acute medical attention, others are superficial and can be maintained by simple dressing. Wound healing becomes much easier with effective dressing and medical care.

Allevyn Foam Dressing

It can be a challenging task to dress and heal chronic wounds. These wounds have to be properly dressed and covered since they produce exudates and are prone to be infected. Caring for chronic wounds gets easier with Allevyn wound healing dressings. Allevyn wound care dressings are made of highly absorbent foam and can cater to a variety of wounds.

Allevyn adhesive dressing has a special coating of a low-allergy adhesive material that adheres to the skin without damaging the wound. It completely absorbs the thick and sticky exudate released by the wound in polyurethane foam. By doing so, it prevents the skin from irritation and allergy. Allevyn foam dressing is greatly recommended by medical experts as it ensures minimal pain, utmost comfort and good wound closure.

Allevyn wound care products come in adhesive and non-adherent forms. The adhesive version ensures effective fixation. Due to their tapered structure and thin edges, they create an appropriate healing environment that provides rapid wound closure. Furthermore, the outer layer of the Allevyn wound dressing is quite breathable and helps conserve necessary moisture within its microscopic structure.

Allevyn dressing creates an efficient wound environment that expedites the healing process. Above all, a patient doesn’t need regular dressing changes as its liquid management system prevents development of bacteria. Since they are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, they are able to prevent medical complications and promote rapid wound healing.

Resources

http://www.woundsinternational.com/product-reviews/technology-update-understanding-foam-dressings

http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/static?pageid=968733

What is MEDIHONEY?

Medihoney Dressings are hydrocolloid or alginate dressings that contain medical honey. Honey has been used since ancient civilizations for natural wound healing. Honey has proven effective speeding the healing process for superficial wounds, sunburns. Patients who have used medicinal honey for open wounds, infected wounds, and skin ulcers showed improvement in tissue organization and strength after 14 days of treatment.

Medihoney ointments and dressings have these effects due to an anti-bacterial quality that cleanses and debrises the wound, helping reduce infection and speed healing by promoting a healthy PH balance. Medihoney Wound Gel also acts as a skin barrier, so further skin damage due to moisture is prevented.

Medihoney Gel Ointment Cream Hydrocolloid Paste

Hydrocolloid ointment

Can I use any type of Honey?

However, not all honey is created equal. When using raw honey, you run the risk of infection due to foreign substances that could be introduced to the honey the through pollenization or non-sterile packaging process.  So, for ingestion non-medical honey is fine, but for wound care medicinal honey, such as Medhoney, is preferred.

Types of Medihoney

There are two types of Medihoney currently available: medihoney hydrocolloid dressings and medihoney alginate dressings. Hydrocolloid dressings are available in a Wound Gel or a dressing pad. Hydrocolloid dressings are capable of marinating a moist wound environment, perfect for partial or full thickness wounds (open wounds) that are not expected to quickly heal. Medihoney Hydrocolloid Dressings are absorbers that are capable of handling a moderate wound exudate. These hydrocolloid dressings create a barrier between the wound and the environment, as well as, the skin and the wound. This keeps the skin around the wound unaffected while protecting the wound.

Hydrocolloid dressing

Medihoney Hydrocolloid Dressing

Medihoney Calcium Alginate Dressings are highly absorptive dressing that are designed to stay in one piece while saturated, making removal easy. Calcium alginates are ideal for burns, skin ulcers, and donor sites.

Medihoney remains effective up to the date of the dressing change. Though you may need to change the dressing sooner medicinal honey remains effective for up to twenty-five days. Medihoney ointments and dressings are ideal for treating a variety of wounds. A Medihoney Hydrogel dressing is expected to be available this year.

Resources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9673575

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/video/honey-cure-cuts

http://www.dermasciences.com/pdf/2012_MEDIHONEY_Brochure.pdf

Benefits of Collagen Dressing

Collagen dressing is a classification of wound dressing obtained from collagen. Its purpose is to help the body in healing. Collagen is familiar to the human body as it is structural proteins commonly found in connective tissues.

When collagen is used to dress the wounds, the body’s collagen supply does not degenerate from strenuous activities of enzymes. In such case, the human body has the needed building materials for damage repair.

Fiberacole Plus Collagen Wound Dressing

How Collagen Dressing Helps

When a wound is given any other dressing except collagen, the body’s natural enzymes, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) will break down the damaged collagen so they will not be utilized for building the frames for growth of new tissues. However, due to the excessive production of the MMPs, which also break down even the healthy collagen, the wound becomes chronic.

Collagen dressings distract the MMPs from breaking down the healthy collagen with the additional collagen from dressings. Thus, the body’s healthy collagens are protected for more important chemical tasks.

Additional Benefits of Collagen Dressings

Collagen Dressing has other benefits. The most significant are:

  1. Collagen from dressing absorbs the fluids.
  2. It maintains the wound bed moist.
  3. It acts as a barrier from external infection.
  4. Collagen Dressings do not cling to the new tissues forming from the wounds. Hence, the collagen neither damages the tissue nor leaves behind fragments of fibers when new wound dressing is placed.
  5. Using a collagen dressing can also accelerate the creation of fibroblast cells, which are essential in producing collagen and extra-cellular structures. The collagen dressings also draw the existing fibroblasts in the body towards the wound.

Sources of Collagen for Wound Dressings

The sources for collagen vary. But mostly, they are derived from animal sources such as pigs, horses, birds, and cows. The collaged extracted from these sources undergoes a purification process to fit for medical uses. Some forms of collagen dressing are sheets, pastes, ropes, and rectangular blocks. They all have non-stick membranes at the back.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9862108

http://www.burnsurgery.org/Modules/BurnWound/rationale/collagen/collagen_dressing.htm

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-collagen-dressing.htm

What is Hydrogel Dressing?

Hydrogel is a remarkably advanced material with medical purposes. The word hydrogel means technically a gel composed of water. Hydrogel dressings are capable of absorbing up to 99% liquid. The dressing swells as it takes on fluid, but does not break down when saturated.

Hydrogel reacts much like human tissue making it ideal for wound dressings. Hydrogel is such a versatile material that it has been used as a component in transplants. According to one United States patent, hydrogel material was used in the design of an artificial spinal disk. The hydrogel became the nucleus of the spinal disk in this design.

Much of hydrogels intrigue lies in the crystalline make-up of the smart material. Hydrogel is a smart substance because it can determine changes in environmental factors: moisture levels, bacteria, and ph levels. The hydrogel will react accordingly in response to those environmental changes. This reaction could be in the form of releasing medicines into the wound or quickly capturing wound drainage.

Hydrogel has a natural soothing feeling on a wound, because it creates a unique damp barrier that moisturizes a wounds surface. This environment is ideal for burns, dermal ulcers, scars, and other very dry wounds. The different types of hydrogel dressings are specifically designed for a variety of uses.

Some hydrogel dressings utilize the natural flexibility of hydrogel materials. The Flexigel dressing can absorb up to five times its weight in fluid and still remain affective. The lightweight Flexigel hydrogel sheeting is air permeable for breathability.

MediHoney is a new brand of hydrogel wound dressing that is designed with or without an adhesive border. Medihoney’s primary use is treating burns. It is scheduled to become available in Spring of 2012.

The Spenco 2nd Skin Scar Gel is designed for treating scars. Unlike the MediHoney brand, the 2nd skin scar gel comes in the form of a spray bottle. This dressing can be applied in areas that a wound dressing pad would not be ideal, such as, the face and neck.

Spenco manufactures a variety of hydrogel products, but they are not all for scar relief. The Spenco 2nd Skin Circles Dressing is a solid dressing. The material consists of pre-cut small circles designed for blister, insect sting, and poison ivy relief.

Some other hydrogel dressings are stored in a tube, so that the ideal amount is applied directly to the wound. The Restore hydrogel dressing can be left in place up to 3 days when applied. The paste-like gel comes in a 3 oz. tube or impregnated into gauze sponges. The restore dressing is designed for partial or full thickness wounds.

Hydrogel is a multifaceted wound dressing because it flexes, absorbs, detects, and can be applied via spray, cream, or non-adhesive pads. The versatility of hydrogel allows there to be a dressing for many wound situations.

How To Remove Scars

Scars do not yield to improvement easily, especially red, dark, or raised ones. The disfigurement from a scar depends on how large it is, where it’s placed, how high it is raised, and, especially, how dark it is. The discovery of silicone gel sheeting has transformed the treatment of scars; and even patients with disfiguring scars from an old wound can find some hope here.

Living Scar Free Silicone gel combines a silicone membrane and a gel, a combination that makes it durable; it also makes it comfortable to wear. Other silicone gel sheets tend to crumble. Since they are so durable, silicone scar reduction sheets can be applied to the scar both day and night although it is recommended that it be applied for only four hours the first time with wearing time increasing by two hours each day. The purpose of this is to get the patient’s skin used to the compound.

The sheet should be cleaned twice daily and more often if the patient is very active or the atmosphere is warmer. Cleaning is accomplished with a mild soap and dried with a lint-free cloth. It’s also a good idea to clean the scar. Silicone gel sheets do not interfere with bathing since they can be removed and then reapplied.

One side of the sheet has an applied adhesive, so no other bandaging is necessary. It can be applied to any part of the body, even sensitive ones. It’s especially useful for healing old and new scars since it will conform to any body area.

How it works

Cica Care Silicone Gel Sheets

First of all, because of its ease of use, it is usually more successful than other treatments simply because the patient is willing to use it. Many question how silicon gel sheets work and why they are so effective. What it does is seal off the scar area and provide hydration to it. The moisture that is locked into the skin around the scar reduces blood supply to the area. This reduction in blood supply in turn reduces the amount of collagen in the area, causing the scar area to become paler and to slowly approximate the natural color of the skin.

How effective is it?

Silicone gel sheets are widely used by hospitals, dermatologists, and surgeons and have been proven to be 90% effective. They work effectively on old scars as well as new ones. Even an itchy scar can be improved. The sheets are 12cm x 15cm, but they can be cut into pieces to fit the scar. Twenty-eight days seems to be the life of a piece of a silicone gel sheet and average treatment time is two to four months. Many patients find that their scars can be effectively treated with only one sheet.

What are the Silicone Gel Sheet Options?

NM Technologies RETOUCH Silicone Scar Reduction Sheets Smith & Nephew is the leader in Silicone Gel Sheets, selling the very popular Cica Care brand. Cica Care Silicone Gel Sheeting sells for $44.50 for a 5 by 6 inch sterile sheet at Vitality Medical. Molnlycke also manufacturers a very poplular silicone dressing called the Mepitel Self Adherent Silicone Dressing. A 2 by 3 inch dressing costs $17.03 at Vitality Medical. NM Technologies manufactures custom silicone scar reduction sheets under the brand name RETOUCH. These silicone scar sheets come in various sizes, including a Tummy Tuck Scar Sheet and Breast Anchor Scar Sheet. A 1.4 by 2.4 inch sheet is sold for $10.90 each.

Vitality Medical offers discount and wholesale pricing to consumers, clinics and hospitals. For over 10 years, Vitality Medical has offered online discount medical supplies for the home or facility at reduced prices. They take medical supply orders online and over the telephone toll-free at 800-397-5899.