*The information provided in this blog is not medical advice and is not intended to, and does not, replace the advice provided by your health care professional. Always seek advice from your licensed healthcare professional in regards to your healthcare needs.
Since we launched EB Resource over four years ago, we’ve set out to provide readers a forum where they could share stories through our blogs, interact with others on our Facebook and Twitter pages and learn across a myriad of different topics that may be of concern and interest to EB patients and their families. But for whatever reason our online community members keep coming back to this site, there is one thing that all EB families have in common, a critical component that is inevitable once a family receives a diagnosis of epidermolysis bullosa. And that is wound care.
As both a member of the Hollister Wound Care team as well as President of the Board of Directors for DebRA of America and the lead person coordinating DebRA’s New Family Program, I help families try to better understand their wound care needs on a daily basis.
From time to time, we have featured different basic wound care dressings that make up the Hollister Wound Care family as they have been released and updated over the years but I thought perhaps it might be helpful to have a brief look at all of the main wound care materials within one blog. You can find additional information about each of them on the Hollister wound site and each item described below includes a link to that specific wound dressing’s information page on the site.
Endoform Dermal Template
Designed to deliver the strength of a dermal template with the simplicity of a collagen-based dressing, it is derived from an ovine (sheep) source and composed of 90% collagen and 10% intact, native extracellular matrix (ECM). The endoform dermal template demonstrates broad spectrum matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) reduction which may contribute to better wound healing. For more information about this wound care option, click here.
Restore Foam Dressings and LITE Foam Dressings
These super-absorbent dressings, which feature TRIACT ADVANCED Technology, may be helpful for patients facing chronic wounds with light to heavy exudates (LITE Foam dressings) and moderate to heavy exudates (standard Foam Dressings), as well as wounds with fragile surrounding skin. As exudates passes through a contact layer into the foam pad, the wound drains vertically and surrounding skin is protected from excessive softening. For more information about this wound care option, click here to learn about standard Foam Dressings and click here to learn about LITE Foam Dressings.
Restore Contact Layer FLEX Dressings
These dressings feature a flexible mesh and gentle tack to make it easier to apply them to hard-to-wrap areas. The dressings incorporate TRIACT® Technology and are highly conformable, non-adherent and ultra flexible, maintaining a moist wound interface. For more information about this wound care option, click here.
Restore Contact Layer Dressings and Contact Layer Dressings with Silver
These dressings can be best used with low to moderate exuding wounds. Because of its TRIACT technology and non-adhesive, non-greasy nature, the dressings can be removed easily and virtually pain-free, which makes them suitable for wounds with fragile surrounding skin. An alternative featuring silver may be useful for reducing infection for wounds with low to moderate exudates as silver releases while the dressing absorbs the exudates. While early research indicates that continuous silver release may sustain antibacterial activity for up to seven days, patients should check with their doctor before using any product which contains silver sulfate. For more information about this wound care option, click here.
Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings and Restore Calcium Alginate Silver Dressings
These unique dressings offer high absorbency and less residue than other calcium alginate dressings, leaving a cleaner surface area when removed than similar dressings available. Because of their advanced fiber makeup, they require less frequent changing, though patients should consult with their physician for guidelines. An optional version is available containing ionic silver complex which releases silver ions in the presence of wound fluid to fight odor and bacteria. For more information about this wound care option, click here.