3M Health Care has announced their new line of Tegaderm High Performance Foam Adhesive Dressings, which purportedly provide better moisture management and can sustain greater wear than traditional dressings. The company performed clinical studies which demonstrated the new dressings’ superiority, and plans to present the results of these studies at the upcoming, aptly named “Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society/World Council of Enterostomal Therapists Conference” in Phoenix, AZ.
From the press release:
3M modified its existing foam adhesive dressings to significantly improve the fluid management properties to be less evaporative under low moisture conditions, which helps prevent wounds from drying out, yet have extremely high evaporation when there is excess moisture, helping to prevent maceration.
This innovative, new technology was validated in laboratory bench tests and clinical studies on human subjects comparing Tegaderm™ High Performance Foam Adhesive Dressings with foam adhesive dressings from five other leading manufacturers. Results demonstrated that the 3M dressings managed significantly greater amount of fluid before failure and significantly longer wear time.