AQUACEL® dressing for surgical wounds




AQUACEL® dressing offers the unique gelling action of Hydrofiber® Technology that absorbs and locks in exudate and bacteria. 1

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Hydrofiber® Technology drives the outstanding capabilities of AQUACEL ® Dressing.

Because AQUACEL ® Dressing incorporates Hydrofiber® Technology, it:

  • Provides excellent absorption and retention capabilities for moderate to highly exuding wounds2
  • Conforms to the wound surface to form an intimate contact3
  • Helps reduce wound pain while the dressing is in situ and upon removal.4-7
  • Supports wound healing by providing a moist wound healing environment
  • May help minimise cross-infection during dressing removal1

SCHEMATIC ILLUSTRATION OF SEQUESTRATION OF BACTERIA BY HYDROFIBER® TECHNOLOGY

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CLINICAL STUDY RESULTS

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:10

  • 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)
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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:9

  • 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:8

  • 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)
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  • 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)

AQUACEL ® Dressing evidence - other surgical:

Foster, et al. 2000

In a study of open surgical wounds in 100 patients comparing AQUACEL ® Dressing with an alginate dressing (Sorbsan™,d):11

  • Mild or no pain was reported by 92% of the patients in the AQUACEL ® Dressing group and 80% of patients in the alginate group
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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:12

  • 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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