Healing Wounds From The Onset
- Volume 19 - Issue 6 - June 2006
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The latest in the universe of wound care products aims to treat a variety of ulcers and wounds.
Optase™ is indicated for healing dehiscent wounds as well as pressure, venous and arterial ulcers, according to the product’s manufacturer Onset Therapeutics. The company says the gel product is a capillary bed stimulant that both promotes healing and protects the wound bed area by acting as an occlusive barrier.
Optase is composed of balsam of Peru, castor oil and trypsin–BCT. The company says Optase decreases wound bed disruption during application and patients do not need a secondary dressing, which saves time and money. Onset notes that the gel is clear and easy to spread, which permits one to visualize the wound.
Company: Onset Therapeutics
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Double The Compression
The newest treatment for venous leg ulcers utilizes not one but two layers of compression.
The Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System is indicated for the treatment of edema associated with venous leg ulcers and other conditions, according to the product’s manufacturer 3M. The company notes the system is easy to apply and consists of two latex-free bandages, a lamination of polyurethane foam and a cohesive bandage.
The Coban system provides sustained compression for up to seven days and 3M says the bandages will increase patient compliance. The company says DPMs can use Coban with other wound care dressings.
Product: Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System
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Soothing Ulcers And Burns
Looking for an ointment that is strong enough to handle ulcers and burns?
Santyl® Ointment may be what you are looking for. The product can be helpful in debriding pressure ulcers, chronic dermal ulcers and severe burns, according to Healthpoint, which recently gained the rights to market and sell the product.
The main ingredient is collagenase, which is derived from the fermentation of Clostridium histolyticum. Santyl, a sterile enzymatic ointment, works by digesting the collagen in devitalized tissue, according to Healthpoint.
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Passing The Torch
The torch may have been passed to a new custom walker that can accommodate a variety of conditions.
The TORCH Walker (Total contact Orthotic Restraining Custom Hybrid) offers an alternative to the CROW Walker, according to American Shoe Corp., the manufacturer of the TORCH Walker. The company says the new product provides the support and positioning of an ankle foot orthotic (AFO) with the accommodation and functionality of custom footwear.
American Shoe Corp. says the walker has a triple-density custom insole and rocker bottom, and can adjust to fluctuating edema. The company notes the TORCH is made of leather and features a Velcro closure. Company: American Shoe Corp.
Product: The TORCH Walker
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An Aide For Walking
Patients who are having trouble walking may just need a little stimulation to get them going.
The WalkAide® System utilizes electrical stimulation to counter a lack of dorsiflexion in those who present with foot drop, according to the manufacturer Innovative Neurotronics. The company says the FDA-approved device permits DPMs to analyze foot movements with an accelerometer. The company says the WalkAide then sends electrical signals to the peroneal nerve, allowing more normal walking.
The company touts several benefits of the system including increased range of motion, strength and endurance as well as protection and reversal of muscle atrophy. Patients wear the battery-powered Walk-Aide just below the knee and the device is the size of a deck of cards.
Product: Innovative Neurotronics
Company: WalkAide® System
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