ConvaTec Launches AQUACEL® Ag Burn Dressing With Hydrofiber® Technology for Partial Thickness Burns

In short

ConvaTec, has announced the introduction of AQUACEL® Ag BURN dressing, for the management of partial thickness burns (PTBs) and donor sites. The product incorporates the company’s proprietary Hydrofiber® Technology, which, according to the company, has been shown in an in-vitro study to lock in fluid and trap bacteria and to contour closely to uneven wound surfaces. The technology reportedly reduces the need for frequent and painful dressing changes in burn patient care.

Background

AQUACEL® Ag dressing incorporates the antimicrobial action of silver, proven to kill a broad spectrum of pathogens. According to the company it has been shown to provide activity against antimicrobial resistant bacteria and potentially reduce the risk of infection. AQUACEL® BURN dressing is also available, a non-silver version of the wound dressing.

The dressings will self-detach as the burn heals and inflict less trauma to the wound bed and patient. Both dressings absorb and hold exudate and harmful bacteria that can prevent healing or increase the risk of infection.

In current common practice, patients with PTBs must often undergo painful dressing changes as frequently as twice daily, causing often severe discomfort and exposing the wound surface to potential infection from a range of pathogens. AQUACEL® Ag BURN dressing, for PTBs, can be left in place for up to 21 days, helping to reduce the need for painful dressing changes and the risk of exposure to pathogens in the atmosphere.

Clinician comments

“AQUACEL® Ag BURN dressing represents a significant advance in the management of partial thickness burns,” said Kevin N. Foster, M.D. “A dressing that can remain in place for up to 21 days can help to reduce the need for multiple dressing changes, potentially reducing the risk of infection and trauma to the wound and the patient.”

Source: ConvaTec, PR Newswire