Wound care

93 percent of patients prefer a dressing with Safetac

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, April 25 2012Posted in: Wound care

Collage of elderly woman sitting on a wall in her garden, elderly woman hiking in the mountains and elderly man standing on the beach with his surfboardThe aim of this study was to compare dressings with a Safetac® adhesive layer with dressings using traditional adhesives.

Three-thousand thirty-four patients in 20 countries were treated with various dressings without a Safetac layer for their acute or chronic wounds. 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 dressing with Safetac.

The result is evident. The pain during dressing removal is significantly lower for dressings with a Safetac interface. 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? Ninety-three percent said they preferred a dressing with Safetac.

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A multinational survey of the assessment of pain when removing dressings (911 KB pdf).

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