Dress For Successful Healing
When undergoing treatment for pressure ulcers and infections, your patients may want a dressing they can easily apply once a day. The AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing may be the answer as it is the first antimicrobial hydrogel impregnated gauze, according to the manufacturer AmerX Health Care. The company says the product reduces the bioburden of the wound, facilitating a wound free of debris. The gauze is indicated for use on pressure ulcers (stage I to IV), diabetic skin ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, first- and second-degree burns and post-surgical wounds with dehiscence, according to the company. The primary ingredient of the dressing is Oakin™, which provides autolytic debridement and can combat Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, Candida and Trichophyton mentagrophytes, according to the company. AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing is available in individually sealed 2X2, non-woven, four-ply pads. The manufacturer notes that DME providers using HCPCS code A6231 will be allowed to dispense 30 pads per wound for a 30-day period with a maximum reimbursement of $140.40. Company: AmerX Health Care Product: AmeriGel Hydrogel Saturated Gauze Dressing For more info, circle 399 on your reader service card. Preventing Leaking Exudate Are you looking for a dressing thin enough to conform to wounds and effective at absorbing exudate? Look no further than Mepilex® Lite, the latest addition to the Mölnlycke Health Care, Inc. line of Tendra® wound dressings. Featuring Safetac® soft silicone technology, the thin foam product seals the wound edges, preventing exudate leakage and minimizing the risk of maceration. The company says one may use Mepilex Lite as a primary dressing to manage a wide range of non- to low-exuding wounds such as radiation skin reactions, lower extremity ulcers, partial thickness burns and epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Company: Mölnlycke Health Care, Inc. Product: Mepilex Lite® For more info, circle 400 on your reader service card. Freeze Out Chronic Pain A new product will leave your patients’ chronic or acute pain out in the cold. Using the CryoStar enables one to perform a six-minute cryosurgery procedure to help relieve a patient’s pain, according to the device’s manufacturer HealthTronics Surgical Services, Inc. The CryoStar has a probe tip that allows clinicians to choose the best position for freezing the affected nerve. This helps eliminate unwanted stem freezing and skin burns, according to the company. HealthTronics cites the low incidence of complications, the short recovery period and immediate ambulation as key advantages of using the CryoStar. It also notes that the procedure eliminates the need for hospitalization. Company: HealthTronics Surgical Services, Inc. Product: CryoStar For more info, circle 401 on your reader service card. Product Trio Offers Pain Relief A trio of new products may be effective in relieving pain associated with diabetes, plantar fasciitis and other conditions. One of three new Thermoskin products, the non-skid Thermal Foot Gauntlet may relieve pain associated with diabetes, arthritis and Raynaud’s disease, according to manufacturer Swede-O, Inc. The company says the product’s Safety Sole™ enhances traction and stability. Swede-O adds that the product may also increase both skin surface and subcutaneous temperature by 2º to 3ºF. The AFG Stabilizer™ provides ankle support and increases circulation for patients with diabetes, arthritis or Raynaud’s disease. It also uses the Safety Sole for stability and is available with two side stabilizer inserts and a figure eight strap, according to the company. The Plantar FXT™ can relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis by gently stretching the plantar fascia. The product’s Trioxon® lining also warms the skin surface and subcutaneous temperature, according to Swede-O. The company adds that the product is a lightweight and low-profile device that patients can use during the day. Company: Swede-O, Inc. Products: Thermoskin For more info, circle 402 on your reader service card. Easygoing AFO While relaxing at home or on the beach, patients may want an AFO that is ideal for casual attire. One alternative is the Easy Gait™ Brace, a lightweight device that will work with most cross-strap sandals, according to the manufacturer Walk Right, Inc.