Deciphering Dressings

*The information provided in this blog is not medical advice and is not intended to, and does not replace, the advice provided by your healthcare professional. Always seek advice from your licensed healthcare professional in regards to your healthcare needs.

How do you know if you’ve picked the absolutely best wound dressing alternative? Sometimes, it can be difficult to choose medical supplies and know exactly which material is right for you. We’ve shared before criteria you may wish to use when selecting a wound dressing, but you may not be aware of the variety of dressing options available to you, just through the Hollister Wound Care family of products alone.

We’ve put together a quick and easy reference guide to our wound care products most commonly used by EB families. If you’d like to learn more about a particular dressing, just click on the name’s link for more details. 

Restore Contact Layer FLEX Dressings
Some of our most recently released dressings, they feature a flexible mesh and gentle tack to make it easier to apply them to hard-to-wrap areas. The dressings, which incorporate TRIACT® Technology, are highly conformable, non-adherent and ultra flexible, and they maintain a moist wound interface.

Restore Contact Layer Dressings
Contact Layer Dressings can be best used with low to moderate exuding wounds, and though most EB families change dressings daily or every other day, these particular dressings may be worn for up to seven days. It is always recommended that you follow the guidance of your physician with regard to frequency of dressing changes. 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 dressing, Restore Contact Layer with Silver, may be useful for reducing infection for wounds with low to moderate exudates as silver releases while the dressing absorbs the exudates. Early research shows that continuous silver release may sustain antibacterial activity for up to seven days. However, patients should check with their doctor before using a product like this, which contains silver sulfate, to prevent any adverse reaction due to sensitivity or allergy.

Restore Foam Dressings and LITE Foam Dressings
These super-absorbent dressings, which now feature TRIACT ADVANCED Technology, may be helpful for patients facing chronic wounds with light to heavy exudate (LITE Foam Dressings.) and moderate to heavy exudate (standard Foam Dressings), as well as wounds with fragile surrounding skin. As exudate passes through a contact layer into the foam pad, the wound drains vertically and surrounding skin is protected from excessive softening. Unlike some other dressings that may need changing daily or every other day, these may be left in place up to 7 days depending on the nature of the wound and its healing status. Again, you should always consult your physician with regard to appropriate frequency of wound dressing changes. Another foam dressing alternative is the Restore Foam Dressing with Silver which may help reduce infection in wounds with moderate to heavy exudates. (As the exudate is absorbed into the dressing, silver is released. In vitro studies indicate that continuous silver release may sustain antibacterial activity for up to a week.) Individuals should not use if they are sensitive or could have an allergic reaction to a silver-lined dressing. 

Restore Calcium Alginate 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 and caregivers should follow their physician’s guidelines. An optional dressing, Restore Calcium Alginate Silver, is also available and contains an ionic silver complex, which releases silver ions in the presence of wound fluid to fight odor and bacteria; however, individuals must use caution if they may be sensitive to or have an allergic reaction to this dressing with silver.

If you have any questions about these Hollister Wound Care products or about selecting a wound dressing in general, I’m always happy to help. Just email me at leslie.rader@hollisterwoundcare.com.

What to Know When Using Restore DUO Dressings

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It’s time again to examine another wound dressing option to offer additional product information, help educate caregivers and provide an opportunity for users to pose any questions they might have about the product. This time around, we look at Hollister Wound Care‘s Restore® DUO Absorbent Dressings, non-adhesive.

Here are a few things that you should know about DUO dressings before using them:

· Ideal for Low Exuding Acute and Chronic Wounds.
The layers of DUO dressing are as absorbent as using 2-3 gauze pads. Having all of that absorbency compacted into one wound dressing enables you to change dressings less frequently (every 1-3 days), which can reduce overall dressing time and pain associated with some types of dressings for the patient.

· The Material’s Flexibility Allows for Conformability.
DUO dressings are flexible and conform to the wound bed and body contours, enabling safe contact with the wound and surrounding tissue without creating any additional damage to the skin. By not disrupting or aggravating wounds that are in the process of healing, the dressing supports the patient’s recovery process.

· Super Absorbency in a Comfortable Package.
Restore DUO dressing offer so much absorbency and flexibility, yet its layers are assembled in a thin, soft package that doesn’t feel heavy or cumbersome to the patient yet still provides solid, compact support of the wound healing process.

· Dressings Feature TRIACT Technology.
TRIACT Technology is made up of a lipido-colloid matrix that forms a gel when exudate is present, which provides a moist healing interface between the wound and the dressing. The non-occlusive fine mesh reduces the potential for microfibers to shed in the wound, which in turn means a lesser chance of damaging newly formed skin near the wound and less pain for the patient throughout the process. DUO dressings are especially helpful when the periwound skin is too delicate to risk exposure to any kind of adhesive dressing.

· Counterindications.
Restore DUO dressings should not be used on individuals who are sensitive to or who have had an allergic reaction to the dressing or one of its components.

If you have any questions about Restore DUO absorbent dressings or use of them, please contact EB Coordinator Leslie Rader at 1-888-EBAID4U or by email at leslie.rader@hollisterwoundcare.com.

USING RESTORE® CALCIUM ALGINATE DRESSINGS

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In our continued efforts to provide information to EB patients and their caregivers about the different options available for wound dressing, we take a closer look at another one of Hollister Wound Care’s core products, Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings®, available with and without silver.

Here are some specific characteristics that you should know about Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings:

  • High absorbency and consistency.
    Because of Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings’ advanced fiber makeup, it offers excellent absorption and therefore, may need changing less often than other dressing options. Fewer dressing changes means less trauma for the patient and less time spent by the caregiver.
  • Less residue than other calcium alginate dressings.
    By leaving a cleaner surface area when removed, Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings reduce the need to clear away excess residue which can potentially cause damage to new tissue during this irrigation process.
  • Helps avoid lateral wicking of exudates.
    Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings helps prevent lateral wicking which in turn protects fragile skin by minimizing risk of maceration.
  • Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings are also available with Silver.
    The dressing contains a combination of calcium alginate, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and ionic silver complex, which releases silver ions in the presence of wound fluid to fight odor and a broad spectrum of microorganisms frequently associated with the bacterial colonization and infection of wounds such as MRSA.
  • Some individuals should not use Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings or Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings with Silver.
    Individuals who are sensitive to or have had an allergic reaction to the dressing or one of its components should not use Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings.  Restore Calcium Alginate Dressings also should not be used on dry or lightly exuding wounds.

If you have any questions about either of these products or their use, 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 with Silver

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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

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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.