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New AQUACEL Ag Dressing features Hydrofiber Technology
May '09
ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, announced the launch of AQUACEL Ag Dressing with Strengthening Fiber, a new advanced ribbon dressing, in the U.S. Up to 20 times stronger than the original ribbon dressing, the improved wound dressing also offers reduced shrinkage and is the only absorbent filler dressing to offer the unique gelling benefits of Hydrofiber Technology plus the antimicrobial properties of ionic silver.(1,2)

The added strength of the new AQUACEL Ag ribbon dressing makes it ideal for use in packing a wide variety of cavity wounds, such as post-surgical wounds, excised abscesses, pilonidal cysts, and stage III and stage IV pressure ulcers that have tunneling and undermining. In addition, AQUACEL Ag dressing provides the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties of ionic silver, which kills a broad range of pathogens in the dressing, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) as demonstrated in vitro.(3) A comparative in vitro testing of existing products showed new AQUACEL Ag ribbon dressing has greater wet tensile strength -- the measure of force necessary to break the dressing when wet -- than major competitors tested.(4)

Dot Weir, RN and Program Director of The Wound Healing Center of Osceola Regional Medical Center, welcomed the launch of the new AQUACEL(R) Ag ribbon dressing in the U.S., "The new dressing provides the continued performance of excellent absorption of the wound exudate we have come to expect from Hydrofiber Technology, with the added bonus of noticeable ease of removal and remarkable strength, providing pain reduction for the patient and confidence for the clinician."

The performance of AQUACEL Ag dressings is driven by Hydrofiber(R) Technology. These dressings gel on contact with wound fluid to provide a moist wound healing environment, help manage exudate, help protect the periwound skin(5) and reduce pain in situ and on removal.(6,7,8) With the inclusion of ionic silver, AQUACEL(R) Ag dressing provides on demand antimicrobial activity, as demonstrated in vitro, responding to increased bacteria with increased silver ion availability.(3,9)** AQUACEL Ag dressing starts killing a broad spectrum of pathogens, including MRSA, within 30 minutes of application(9) and can provide sustained antimicrobial activity for up to 14 days.(9)

*Compared with the original AQUACEL Ag Dressing

**The amount of silver released is controlled by the maximum amount of silver that can enter solution.

AQUACEL and AQUACEL Ag Dressings have been studied in numerous randomized clinical trials across a variety of chronic and acute wounds, including pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, partial thickness (second degree) burns and surgical incisions.

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