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Breaking Ground: 3 New Dressing Types for Chronic Wound Care

Breaking Ground: 3 New Dressing Types for Chronic Wound Care

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Wound dressings continue improve thanks to ongoing research.

Medical science is not a stagnant field. As scientists and other researchers continually unveil new findings, or simply re-evaluate previously held ideas, they glean new information that helps create new solutions to old problems. That is especially true when it comes to wound healing, as groundbreaking insights perpetually innovate how physicians care for wounds of all sizes and degrees of severity. Here are just a few of the latest such breakthroughs in the wound care field, each of which is a marvel of ingenuity that can improve the lives of patients everywhere.

Hydrofera Blue Ready

Though a relatively new addition, the Hydrofera Blue Ready is already making waves for its impact in chronic wound care. For one, it works on a significant number of wound types, including diabetic ulcers, burns, trauma wounds, large abrasions and post-surgical incisions. The foam also works on everything from staph bacteria to yeast-based organisms. Hydrofera works by separating the infected wound tissue and exudate from the actual wound bed, which lets your body heal more quickly and efficiently by focusing more energy and resources specifically on the wound. Hydrofera is designed to be easy, and is perfect for most uneven wound types. And because Hydrofera can be worn for up to seven days in some cases, patients have less to worry about than with some open wound dressings.

Coban 2 Compression System

Depending on a number of factors, there can be issues with some two- or four-layer bandaging. That’s why, since its introduction in autumn 2014, the Coban 2 Compression System has become such an increasingly popular dressing choice. The Coban 2 system works primarily to help heal diabetic ulcers and to better handle oedema, in which water collects in the body’s tissues and various cavities. As its name might imply, Coban 2 uses two layers of interlocking compression, which is not only easy to apply but far less cumbersome than some of the four-layer systems already on the market. Because both of the layers interlock – thus creating less negative space overall – there is far less slippage involved with the Coban 2 system, which is not only better for wound healing but far more comfortable for the patients. Fewer layers also mean that the Coban 2 is much easier to apply and remove than some competing compression systems.

Absorbent alginate dressings

Diabetic ulcers and other sores often require prompt care before gangrene and other harmful infections can set in. To prompt more-timely healing, an increasing number of physicians are utilizing absorbent alginate dressings. Made of sodium and calcium fibers derived from seaweed, alginate dressings help to debride a wound naturally, preventing both dryness and the invasion of potentially dangerous bacterial strains. In fact, alginate dressing can absorb fluids from any number of wound types, though these dressings are most frequently used to treat diabetic, venous and pressure ulcers. Alginate dressings are also used as part of a two-layer system and can absorb as much as 20 times their own weight.

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