Shield Wounds With Silver

When faced with wounds, one might want to utilize the healing power of silver.

   The Silver Shield Silver Antimicrobial Skin Wound Gel offers a clear and amorphous hydrogel that does not irritate, stain or discolor tissue, according to the product’s manufacturer Anacapa Technologies, Inc.

   The company says the gel is effective against bacterial strains including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. Silver Shield maintains antimicrobial efficacy for up to three days, according to the company.

   Anacapa adds that the gel’s antimicrobial barrier is in place even in the presence of organic substances in wound fluid that usually inhibit the efficacy of antimicrobial agents.

   Company: Anacapa Technologies, Inc.
   Product: Silver Shield Silver Antimicrobial Skin Wound Gel
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A Therapeutic Step

Do your patients find it uncomfortable to walk?

   Patients may find relief with the TheraStep, a new therapeutic foot cushion line. The 24 products in the line can relieve the pain of bunions, calluses and blisters, leading to more comfort during walking, according to the therapeutic footwear manufacturer Silipos.

   In addition, mineral oil conditioners within the products moisturize and soothe the skin, notes the company. Silipos adds that new cushion foam products are lightweight and breathable. TheraStep replaces Silipos’ Move line of products, according to the company.

   Company: Silipos
   Product: TheraStep
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Maximum Fixation

The latest in cannulated screws can be beneficial in various types of fixations.

   The MaxTorque Cannulated Screw System can help with stabilizing and fixating fractures, fusions and osteotomies of long and small bones, according to the product’s manufacturer OrthoHelix Surgical Designs. The company says the self-tapping screw has maximum thread depth to improve overall strength and compression.

   Recent tests reveal the pull-out strength of the MaxTorque 7.0 screw is an average of 46 percent and 57 percent better than two leading screws, according to the company. OrthoHelix says the color-coded titanium alloy screw is available in sizes of 4.0 mm, 5.5 mm and 7.0 mm in several lengths, and with flat and contoured washers.

   Company: OrthoHelix Surgical Designs
   Product: MaxTorque Cannulated Screw System
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Hold The Foot In Place

A new line of footcare products may help align the lower extremity and treat various conditions.

   The Waffle® FootHold can help align the ankle as well as treat and prevent ankle contractures, foot drop and heel ulcers caused by trauma, immobility or illness, according to the product line’s manufacturer EHOB. The Waffle FootHold features the Hydro-Cushion, a flowing gel in a soft pouch. The company says the cushion floats and lifts the heel, and gently cradles the foot without increasing pressure or shear to the Achilles tendon.

   The Waffle FootHold products have a cutout window on each side, allowing DPMs a visual assessment of the heel, according to EHOB. In addition, optional flat or rocker soles are available for transfers and ambulation. One can use the products in the hospital, long-term and home care settings, and the company says they are ideal for ambulatory patients.

   Company: EHOB
   Product: Waffle® FootHold
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