V.A.C.Ulta™ NPWT System Made Easy

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) offers clinicians an important option for the advanced management of many wound types[1]. Over the past 15 years NPWT has revolutionised care for many patients with chronic and acute wounds and has prompted the development of new NPWT systems, including...

Exit site wounds Made Easy

Crude tracheotomies have been depicted on Egyptian artefacts as far back as 3600BC1, while the ancient Syrians used catheters fashioned from reeds. Percutaneous devices are now in common use in clinical practice over a wide range of therapy areas. These devices create a wound (exit site) that needs...

Cutimed® Sorbact® Made Easy

Bacterial colonisation and infection may contribute to delayed healing and present a major challenge for wound care clinicians[1]. Intervention with antimicrobial dressings using active ingredients is recommended to control bacterial load and prevent spreading infection[2]. Cutimed® Sorbact® (BSN...

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...