Case StudiesCase series evaluation: the use of Durafiber on exuding wounds

Case series evaluation: the use of Durafiber on exuding wounds

Exudate Management, Leg Ulcers, Pressure Ulcers, Research, Skin integrity

SUMMARY OF CASES 1-10

Wound type and patient characteristics
Of the 10 individual cases comprising the overall report, there were a total of five males and five females included, with the youngest patient observed being 69, while the oldest was 97 years of age. The average age of patient was 81.8.

A range of aetiologies and wounds were involved in the study, including venous leg ulcers, mixed aetiology ulcers, pressure ulcers, foot ulcers and a failed graft site.

 

Dressing performance
Clinical feedback determined that the experiences of using Durafiber were, overall, very good when considering a range of factors.

Clinicians were asked to evaluate the following areas:

  • Ease of application
  • Ability to conform to the wound bed
  • Ability to handle exudate
  • Patient comfort during wear
  • Ease of removal
  • Ability of dressing to remain intact during removal
  • Wear time.

For each of these categories, the clinician was then asked to rate Durafiber as being either: 'poor', 'fair', 'good', 'very good' or 'excellent'. It was found that for each parameter, the majority of clinicians had rated the dressing as either 'very good' or 'excellent' (see Table 1).

Further investigation in this area could focus on the evaluation of Durafiber using a standardised secondary dressing regime, in order to better understand the frequency of dressing changes.

 

CONCLUSION
Exudate, comformability and pain present significant management problems for the wound care clinician. These case studies demonstrate that Durafiber has the capability to contain high exudate levels as well as providing patient comfort and lack of pain on removal, due to its gelling structure and lack of adhesive.
In a era when wound care is increasingly prominent on the government's health agenda, it is vital that clinicians have access to evidence-based wound care that can improve the quality of life of their patients. Wuk

This publication was supported by an unrestricted medical grant from
Smith & Nephew 36875
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