Because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, health care providers are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout their time at work. Extended wear of respirators, face masks, protective eyewear, and other PPE can contribute to the development of medical device–related pressure injuries (MDRPIs), along with other issues such as acne, itch, and rash, in […]
Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) effectively promotes wound healing, but finding an appropriate dressing to use with NPWT can be challenging. This useful blog gives wound care professionals the tools they need to select a medical adhesive for NPWT-treated wounds that is strong, long lasting, and non-traumatic. Read more on our WoundSource.com sponsored blog post.
Hydrocolloid dressings are bioactive dressings that form a gel when they are exposed to wound exudate. The typical hydrocolloid dressing is a flexible, polyurethane wafer that contains an absorbent filler, usually gelatin or carboxymethylcellulose. This advanced wound dressing is resistant to water and bacteria. Consequently, hydrocolloid dressings create an insulated, moist environment that promotes the […]
If you are a nurse, surgical resident, or really anyone who works in the fast-paced hospital environment, you need quick, convenient access to medical tape. Whether you are securing a tube in the NICU or doing a quick wound check and bandage replacement on pre-rounds, looking around for a piece of tape is not time […]
Negative-pressure wound therapy can be a remarkably powerful tool in in the treatment of complex wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers. The keys to success with negative-pressure wound therapy are patient selection, wound preparation, and device application. In this article, we review the mechanism of action and clinical applications of negative-pressure wound therapy laid out by […]
One of the most important steps in wound treatment is proper dressing application. Effectively dressing a wound is critical to the healing process. It is said in communities with moderate wound incidence a full-time nurse (average salary of $67,930) is required for every 5,000 residents, and that gets expensive. Along with proper dressing application, using […]
Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI) is a problematic skin condition, that can be caused by the use of medical adhesives in applicable settings. The levels of irritation vary with MARSI and can range from minor skin redness, swelling and contact dermatitis to skin stripping, tearing and maceration. All of which inhibit proper recovery and healing. […]