CS14-026 Clinical case series of the efficacy of a mutli-site hydrocellular polyurethane foam dressing w/ a silicone adhesive in the treatment of a variety of wounds/conditions

Dave Brett, BS, BS, MS, Clinical Affairs, Smith & Nephew, St. Petersburg, FL
Introduction: Wound Bed Preparation (WBP) can be described as the management of the wound to accelerate endogenous healing or to facilitate the effectiveness of other therapeutic measures. The 4 basic aspects of WBP can now be represented by an acronym, TIME T= tissue (non-viable or deficient), addressed clinically via debridement. I= infection or inflammation, addressed clinically via antimicrobial agents. M= moisture control, addressed clinically via absorbent dressings and/or compression. E= epidermal margin, addressed clinically via tissue engineered constructs/grafts1-3. A multi-site hydrocellular polyurethane foam dressing w/ a silicone adhesive is a wound care technology w/ the ability to maintain a moist wound environment while protecting the peri-wound skin from adhesive trauma in a wide variety of anatomical locations.

Purpose/Objective: The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy of a multi-site hydrocellular polyurethane foam dressing w/ a silicone adhesive in 25 patients w/ wounds ranging from cancerous lesions to sacral pressure ulcers & addressing issues such as leaking feeding tubes.

Method: A variety of parameters were evaluated in this case series, such as the appearance of the wound and surrounding skin, wear time, ease of application/removal, comfort, conformability, pain on removal, trauma to wound/surrounding skin on removal, adherence to the wound/surrounding skin, patient comfort during wear, and comparison to product normally used.

Conclusions: The multi-site hydrocellular polyurethane foam dressing in patients w/ a silicone adhesive was beneficial in maintaining a moist wound environment which helped the wound to close. In addition the peri-wound skin improved over the course of treatment. The dressing performed well in all aspects listed in the methods section.