ConvaTec has announced the launch of their new AQUACEL Ag SURGICAL cover dressing, which has shown reduced incidence of post-operative surgical site infection, skin blistering, and delayed discharge when compared to non-woven dressing regimens. The new dressing utilizes ConvaTec’s Hydrofiber technology, which locks in fluid and contours to the wound bed. The dressing also releases ionic silver, which provides antimicrobial activity, thereby reducing the risk of infection.
From the press release:
In a prospective study, involving 428 patients undergoing hip or knee surgery, a hospital’s then standard non-woven post-operative dressing regimen (Mepore™ dressing covering AQUACEL® dressing) was compared with a new dressing regimen of AQUACEL® dressing covered with DuoDERM® Extra Thin dressing (the main components of AQUACEL® SURGICAL cover dressing) after application of a liquid film-forming acrylate. The new dressing regimen demonstrated a reduction in superficial surgical site infection of 67 percent (p<0.03), a reduction in blistering of 88 percent (p<0.001) and a reduction in delayed discharge of 80 percent (p<0.02).