Wound Care Learning Resources at Hollister

*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 regarding any healthcare needs.

 

We have blogged in the past about specific wound care products that EB families may employ daily. As EB families bring others into their circle to support caregiving needs, they may need additional information for others who may be sharing in duties. Did you know that Hollister offers Wound Care Learning Resources for its wound and skin care products including informational demonstration videos at its website?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hollister line of wound care products has its own section of Wound & Skin Care Learning Resources dedicated to providing information for each product. For example, for families who might be using the Restore Contact Layer FLEX and Silver dressings, videos are available that not only explain Hollister’s TRIACT technology but also best use of the product. These videos also show products being applied and all related supplies or materials that may be used during the dressing process with that product.

 

In addition to online videos and product information, Hollister Wound Care also offers valuable tools to provide metrics to families as they evaluate products they are using and making decisions to adjust the supplies they use in their daily wound care process. The Wound & Skin Learning Resources section of the website includes such tools as the Pain Assessment Scale and the Wound Measuring Guide to help caregivers evaluate the dimensions of wounds being treated to select the right product and cut dressing materials properly.

 

If you or your family visit the site’s Learning Resources page and are unable to find your question answered, you can reach out directly to the team at Hollister by clicking here. But please note: you should always reach out directly to your physician with any questions specific to the care of your family member with EB. Getting as much information as you can to become as informed a caregiver as possible will ensure you have access to the most up-to-date knowledge about the disease and learn all that you can about the best treatment options available.

Wound Care Supplies

 

*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.

 

What to Know When Using Restore® Contact Layer Dressings with Silver

*Seek advice from your licensed healthcare professional in regards to your healthcare needs

Last week, we launched a new series to highlight different wound care supplies to share helpful pointers for using Restore Contact Layer Dressings. This week, we take a closer look at the Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver and important information you should know before using.

  • Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver dressing are designed with TRIACT® Technology.
    Like Hollister Wound Care’s Restore Contact Layer Dressings, the Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver also use TRIACT technology, which means that while the outside dressing material is made of a fine polyester mesh, the inside of the dressing uses an advanced, patented petrolatum-based formula to help prevent sticking and disruption of the healing process during dressing removal. Silver sulfate is added to provide a slow and constant release of ions.
  • Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver may help reduce infection in light to moderate exuding wounds.
    Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver work best with second degree burns, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, diabetic ulcers and graft and donor sites. The silver dressings may be used on infected wounds only under the care of a healthcare professional.

  • Dressing flexibility means virtually pain-free dressing removals.
    When wound exudate comes in contact with the dressing, the hydrocolloid particles combine with the matrix to form a “gel,” providing a moist environment that promotes healing. Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver gives a virtually pain free dressing removal and helps minimize damage to newly formed surrounding skin.  It is ideal for use on wounds with fragile surrounding skin.
  • Continuous release of silver in Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver can fight bacteria such as MRSA.
    In Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver, silver sulfate is locked within the bandage.  When the dressing comes in contact with wound exudates, the silver sulfate molecules release silver ions. In-vitro studies have shown that continuous silver release sustains anti-bacterial activity for up to seven days, fighting such common bacteria as Staph, Streptococcus pyogenes and MRSA.
  • Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver may require more frequent changes than dressings without silver.
    For Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver, it is recommended to change the dressing every one to three days depending on the wound and the healing progression.  Duration of treatment is determined by the physician and depends on wound type and healing conditions.

  • Some individuals should not use Restore Contact Layer Dressings with Silver.
    This applies to individuals who are sensitive to silver or have had an allergic reaction to the dressing or one of its components. Hollister Wound Care has a broad range of dressing alternatives.

If you have any questions about this product or use of it, please contact EB Coordinator Leslie Rader at 1-888-EBAID4U or by email at leslie.rader@hollisterwoundcare.com.

What to Know When Using Restore® Contact Layer Dressings

*Seek advice from your licensed healthcare professional in regards to your healthcare needs

From time to time, we’ll be sharing helpful information about various wound care supplies –such as when they’re best used and important things you should know when using them. We kick off this regular series of medical supply-focused blogs with some pointers for using Hollister Wound Care’s Restore Contact Layer Dressings.

Some helpful information you should know:

  • Dressings are designed using TRIACT® Technology.
    TRIACT Technology is comprised of a lipido-colloid matrix that forms a gel when exudate is present.  The gel helps prevent sticking and disruption to the wound bed during dressing removal.  What this means for the patient is the dressing removal is virtually pain-free.
  • Contact layer dressings are best used for low to moderate exuding wounds, including wounds associated with EB.
    Restore Contact Layer Dressings work best with minor abrasions, lacerations, leg ulcers, diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, skin tears, second degree burns, traumatic wounds, surgical wounds, and minor cuts, scalds or burns. Other Restore dressings with TRIACT technology are available for more serious skin wounds that are exuding more heavily or steadily.
  • Dressing flexibility means virtually pain-free dressing removals.
    Because dressings with TRIACT technology are non-adhesive and not greasy, they’re easy to apply and remove without sticking to the wound. When wound exudate comes in contact with the dressing, the hydrocolloid particles combine with the matrix to form a “gel,” providing a moist environment that promotes healing. Restore Contact Layer dressing gives a virtually pain-free dressing removal and helps minimize damage to newly formed surrounding skin. It is ideal for use on wounds with fragile surrounding skin.
  • Standard dressings require minimal changing.
    Most EB families change dressings everyday or every other day depending on the type of wound. If need be, Restore Contact Layer Dressings may be worn for up to seven days. Caregivers will have fewer dressing changes to make and again there will be limited disruption of skin healing process.
  • Some individuals should not use Restore Contact Layer Dressings.
    This applies to individuals who are sensitive to or have had an allergic reaction to the dressing or one of its components. Hollister Wound Care has a broad range of dressing alternatives.

If you have any questions about this product or use of it, please contact EB Coordinator Leslie Rader at 1-888-EBAID4U or by email at leslie.rader@hollisterwoundcare.com.