Making Topical Wound Oxygen Therapy Work – Integrating Hy-Tape

Wounds are often starved of the oxygen they need to heal properly. While several topical wound oxygen devices are available, each needs a bit of help to be of practical use in the real world. We review topical wound oxygen therapy approaches and provide some practical tips to help them be more effective. Most wounds […]

Mitigating Skin Maceration & Adhesive Damage to Peri-Wound

While a moist environment has been proven to help facilitate a healthy healing process, issues may arise that require attention. One of the more common issues that occurs when a dressing is left on too long or is not properly secured is macerated skin. Skin maceration happens when skin is in contact with moisture for […]

Dressing Strategies for Infected Wounds

Infected wounds are a constant clinical challenge. Broken skin offers microorganisms an entry point into the bloodstream. Likewise, an infected wound bed stops successful skin and tissue healing. Systemic antibiotics can help quell systemic infection, but they cannot always reach a wound in sufficient concentration to heal the infection. Thus, local wound care and dressing […]

Occlusive vs. Non-occlusive Dressings

Most modern dressings are considered occlusive. So, is there are role for non-occlusive dressings in modern wound care? We review the occlusive and non-occlusive dressings and how to best use them. What is the ideal wound healing environment? The goals of dressings are to prevent infection and to promote an ideal healing environment. The ideal […]

Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Topical Management Strategies

According to a published study, the global prevalence of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) is 6.3%, with male patients and older adults being the most likely to be affected.1 This prevalence, coupled with the potential for complications and the severe effect on quality of life the condition can have, makes DFUs one of today’s most serious […]

Wounds & Exercise – The Healing Benefits of Activity

Maintaining an active lifestyle is critical to good health; this is especially true for patients recovering from wounds or extended hospital stays. Robust activity can improve mental health, reduce the risk of infection, and accelerate wound healing.1 Staying active can be challenging for patients with wounds, however, and it is critical that health care professionals […]

White Paper Arterial Ulcers – Assessment and Treatment

Arterial ulcers are the second most common type of lower extremity ulcer and account for approximately 10% of leg ulcers. Understanding the pathophysiology of arterial ulcers has always been a clinical challenge. Treating these wounds can be incredibly difficult because they are painful and prone to complications, such as infection and necrosis. Even with the […]

Hy-Tape for Home Health Use: One Tape, Many Uses

If you work in home health care as a nurse, assistant, or aide, you probably use medical tape every day. Whether for wound dressing changes, feeding tube adjustments, or to simply secure medical equipment, medical tape is an indispensable part of home health care. While there are dozens of medical tapes available each with highly […]

Money and Wound Care – The Value of More Secure Dressings

Wounds are a significant problem for hospitals, hospices, and other treatment facilities. Over 35% of hospice patients are affected by wounds, with many more in hospitals and clinics.1  For all of these patients, dressings must be changed regularly and wounds must be frequently cleaned. This means that wound care makes up a large portion of nurses’ […]

A Summer with Wounds and Scars Can Still Be Fun

Outdoor fun is calling—this summer more than most. But people with healing or chronic wounds may think they can’t enjoy the outdoors like they once did. While you do need to take some precautions, you do not have to postpone summer because of a skin wound. Can I swim with a wound? It depends on […]