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...

Antimicrobial dressings Made Easy

Antimicrobial dressings play an important part in wound care in the prevention and management of infection. However, clinicians must be aware of their different properties and when to start and stop treatment in order to deliver cost- and clinically effective care.

3M™ COBAN™ 2 Compression Made Easy

The 3M Coban 2 Compression System is designed to address some of the problems that may be associated with multi-component compression systems, eg two- or four-layer bandaging, or compression hosiery. This system has two layers, is quick and easy to apply [1] and produces effective, consistent...

NPWT in everyday practice Made Easy

Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) offers clinicians an important option for the advanced management of many wound types1,2. Key factors for successful use are the appropriate preparation of the wound bed and the application technique used. In addition, a decision must be made about the...