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INFECTION PREVENTION


Bentley-Williams recounted one hospital’s experience with 3M Steri-Strip Adhesive Skin Closures. “The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Sheba Medical Care Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel, published a peer-reviewed study in the May 2015 issue of WOUNDS featur- ing 3M Steri-Strips.3


The study found that


the use of adhesive skin-closure methods to close fasciotomy wounds in pediatric patients in which surgical procedures were not advisable produced favorable results.” Medline offers an antimicrobial product of a different sort. “From orthopedics to neuro, Medline’s Optifoam Ag+ and Optifoam Gentle Ag+ Post-Op Strips can be used for a range of surgeries,” said Falconio-West. “These highly conformable, non-staining dressings feature ionic silver, which inhibits microbial growth and promotes optimal healing. With a waterproof outer layer, the dressings are highly absorbent, and the silver pad can help manage antibacterial activity. Federica Protano, Marketing Specialist, Angelini Pharma Inc., highlighted their prod- uct’s success with diffi cult-to- heal wounds. “BIOPAD is a


BIOPAD from Angelini Pharma


100 percent equine type-1 collagen primary wound dressing used to treat hard-to-heal wounds, including pressure sores, venous stasis ulcers, and diabetic ulcers. BIOPAD contains pure collagen, to stimulate prolif- eration of fi broblasts and for formation of granulation tissue. Containing fi ve times the standard amount of collagen, and no fi llers, BIOPAD does not break down as quickly as the competitor’s thin dressing, sending more collagen to the wound site. BIOPAD costs 20 percent less than the leading collagen products and is reimbursed by Medicare.” Protano also indicated that, be- cause BIOPAD has a large amount of collagen, it may not have to be replaced as often. Protano talked briefly about the science behind the product. “In an animal control model, BIOPAD exerted a substan- tial and benefi cial chemotactic effect on the macrophages and neutrophils that are important to wound healing. Cell migration toward, and in, the induced wound was shown to be faster with BIOPAD than in the control group. In pa- tients with chronic, nonhealing


wounds that used BIOPAD as the primary wound dressing, a total average healing rate of 87 percent was achieved in three chronic wound types: diabetic ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and pressure ulcers.”4


Cardinal Health Advanced Wound Care


Hawkins-Bradley described Cardinal Health’s wound-care portfolio. “Many of our advanced wound-care products help promote a moist heal- ing environment, absorb drainage, and provide an effective bacterial barrier. In the operating room, it is important to apply dressings to provide a bacterial barrier and ab- sorption capability. Using an advanced wound-care dressing at home can be


highly benefi cial. We have an advanced wound-care offering available, and in re- tail settings, through our Cardinal Health Hospital Quality at Home brand. “In addition, many of our products provide long wear time, which can be cost- effective and effi cient as well. For example, we have a line of advanced wound-care products that can stay in place up to seven See INFECTION PREVENTION on page 22


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