Clinical study results

Kogan, et al. 2004

In a comparative study of AQUACEL ® Dressing and Silverol™ (Teva Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd.) in patients with partial-thickness burns, AQUACEL ® Dressing:1

  • Was associated with less pain during and immediately after dressing changes

Vloeman, et al. 2001

In a non-comparative study of 84 patients with partial-thickness burns receiving AQUACEL ® Dressing:2

  • In 50% of patients, the wounds healed completely within 10 days (range = 1-17)
  • On average 82.9% of the original burn area healed without surgical intervention
  • 67 patients required only 1 dressing application (1.6 dressing changes were undertaken on the remaining patients)

Piaggesi, et al. 2001

In a randomised trial of 20 patients with diabetic foot ulcers comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing with saline-moistened gauze for the management of deep diabetic foot ulcers:3

  • Wounds managed with the AQUACEL ® Dressing demonstrated a significantly shorter healing time compared to saline-moistened gauze (P<0.01)
  • Rate of granulation and reduction in lesional volume were significantly better in deep diabetic foot ulcers managed with AQUACEL® Dressing than in those managed with saline-moistened gauze (P<0.01)

Harding, et al. 2001

In a randomised controlled trial of 131 patients, comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing versus an alginate dressing, the following was observed4:

  • The mean wear time was significantly greater in the AQUACEL ® Dressing group versus the alginate dressing group (P<0.001)
  • Of the patients who healed, those in the AQUACEL® Dressing group healed 14 days faster than those in the alginate group (P=0.053)
  • Ease of removal was rated by the investigator as excellent in 51% of the AQUACEL ® Dressing group versus 24% in the alginate group (P=0.006)
  • Ability to contain exudate was rated by the investigator excellent in 44% of the AQUACEL ® Dressing group compared to 20% in the alginate group (P=0.002)

Dillon J, et al. 2007

In a randomised study of 428 patients, comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing covered with DuoDerm® Extra Thin dressing (Jubilee method n=242) and AQUACEL ® Dressing covered with Mepore™ a(standard method n=186), following total hip and knee arthroplasty:5

  • There was a 1.5% blister rate in the Jubilee group vs 18.3% in the standard group (P<0.0001)
  • Wear time in the Jubilee group was 1.5 days longer than the standard group (P<0.0001)
  • The Jubilee group required less than half the number of dressing changes than the standard group (P<0.0001)
  • Surgical site infection was shown to be lower in the Jubilee group (0.8%) versus standard group (3.2%) (P=0.03)

Abuzakuk, et al. 2006

In a randomised study of 61 patients, comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing with a central pad dressing (Mepore™,a) for the management of closed wounds following lower limb arthroplasty:6

  • 43% of patients in the AQUACEL ® Dressing group required dressing changes before postoperative day 5 versus 77% in the central pad (Mepore™)a group (P=0.001)
  • 13% of patients in the AQUACEL ® Dressing group developed blisters compared with 26% in the central pad group (P=0.22).

Ravenscroft, et al. 2001

In a randomised controlled trial of 183 patients, comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing (covered with Tegaderm™,b) with Cutiplast™,c, after hip and knee surgery:7

  • Wounds managed with the AQUACEL®/Tegaderm™ dressing combination were 5.8 times more likely to heal without complications than Cutiplast™ treated wounds (P<0.00001)
  • Only 2.4% of the wounds managed with AQUACEL®/Tegaderm™ dressing combination had wounds with blisters versus 22.5% in the Cutiplast™ group.
  • "...dressing pain score is statistically lower for the patients receiving the AQUACEL®/Tegaderm™ dressing combination (P<0.001) [than Cutiplast™]"
  • AQUACEL ® Dressing (covered with Tegaderm™) requires on average 3.6 dressing changes, whereas Cutiplast™ requires 4.1 dressing changes (P=0.03)

Foster, et al. 2000

In a study of open surgical wounds in 100 patients comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing with an alginate dressing (Sorbsan™,d):8

  • Mild or no pain was reported by 92% of the patients in the AQUACEL ® Dressing group and 80% of patients in the alginate group

Foster, et al. 1997

In a randomised trial of 40 patients, comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing with ribbon gauze and proflavine dressing in surgical wounds left to heal by secondary intention:9

  • Patients in the AQUACEL ® Dressing group experienced significantly less pain on removal of the first dressing versus the ribbon gauze group (P=0.006)
  • 60% of wounds managed with AQUACEL ® Dressing responded that the 1st dressing change could have taken place at home versus 15% for ribbon gauze (P=0.02)
  • Pain was a key factor in the ribbon gauze group for patients wishing to have dressings changed in hospital

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