Askina® Calgitrol® Made Easy

Silver has considerable antimicrobial activity, even against many antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, and in recent years has increasingly been used in wound dressings to reduce bacterial bioburden [1]. Silver may be incorporated into dressings in a number of different forms, most notably as...

SNaP® Wound Care System Made Easy

The treatment of wounds with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has revolutionised practice over the past decade. However, implementation of therapy can be a difficult process for both clinicians and patients — conventional NPWT devices often require a lengthy procurement process to obtain...

Skin Tears Made Easy

Skin tears occur in those with fragile skin, including neonates and more frequently in the elderly. Some skin tears are unavoidable but many are considered to be preventable1. It is important that clinicians have a good understanding of the effects of ageing on the skin and take appropriate...

Pressure ulcers and hydrocolloids Made Easy

Pressure ulcers pose a significant challenge to healthcare systems, and subject patients to considerable discomfort, pain and indignity. Although every effort should be made to prevent pressure ulcers, not all can be prevented. This article discusses the role of hydrocolloid dressings in the...

Hard-to-heal wounds Made Easy

Most people have, at some stage in their life, experienced a wound. For the majority, healing is a simple and rapid process and, although the wound may leave a visible scar, it is not associated with persistent pain, excessive exudate, odour or distress. In some patients, healing is prolonged and...

ACTICOAT™ AND ALLEVYN™ Ag Made Easy

The antibacterial properties of silver (Ag) have been known for centuries[1]. The increasing problems of antibiotic resistance[2], along with concerns about the safety and toxicity of topical antiseptics, has resulted in the need for an agent that can be used to treat colonised and infected wounds...

Prontosan Made Easy

This Made Easy section describes the mode of action, supporting evidence and practical application of the Prontosan® (B. Braun) range of wound cleansing agents. Regular cleansing and debridement are basic principles of wound bed preparation (WBP) and modern wound management[1-3]. These actions can...

Iodine Made Easy

Although it has been speculated that iodine delays healing and is cytotoxic, there is substantial evidence to suggest that the commonly-used low concentration, slow release iodophors improve healing rates and are effective as highly potent antimicrobials with a broad spectrum of activity, including...

AQUACEL® Ag dressings Made Easy

AQUACEL® Ag dressings incorporate Hydrofiber® Technology with 1.2% (w/w) silver (ie 12mg of silver per gram of dressing). The combination of Hydrofiber® Technology with ionic silver (Ag+) produces a dressing that is highly absorbent, has favourable gelling characteristics  and broad-spectrum...