Knowledge – 93% of patients prefer a dressing with Safetac®
The aim of this study was to compare dressings with Safetac® soft silicone adhesive with dressings using traditional adhesives. This is how it was performed.
3,034 patients in 20 countries were treated with various dressings without Safetac for their acute or chronic wound. Basically all wound types were represented in the group. When the patients came to their doctor or nurse for a dressing change, the caregiver noted the degree of trauma the dressings caused to the wound during removal.
With the caregiver removing the dressing, the patients were asked to express their level of pain at dressing removal, using a VAS scale. They were also asked to record their level of pain before and after dressing removal using the same scale. After removal, the doctor or nurse put a dressing with Safetac on and the whole process was repeated a few days later, but this time recording pain with the removal of a Safetac dressing.
The result is evident. The pain during dressing removal is significantly lower for Safetac. Pain before and after is reduced. The recorded difference in trauma to the wound was apparent but not statistically significant (p>0.05).
The result, however, is possibly better described through the question that all patients had to answer: Which dressing do you prefer? 93% said they preferred a dressing with Safetac.
A multinational survey of the assessment of pain when removing dressings. (pdf, 912 kb)