NewsCochrane Review to examine hydrogels in pressure ulcers

Cochrane Review to examine hydrogels in pressure ulcers

Pressure Ulcers

Cochrane Review to examine hydrogels in pressure ulcersCochrane Wounds Group will look at evidence for the use of insoluble polymer dressings designed to absorb wound exudate or rehydrate wounds.

The latest Cochrane Review will focus on hydrogel dressings - advanced dressings that consist of cross-linked insoluble polymers (i.e. starch or carboxymethylcellulose) and up to 96% water. Designed to absorb wound exudate or rehydrate a wound, depending on wound moisture levels, they come as flat sheets, beads or an amorphous hydrogel.

The intervention protocol document notes that an international guideline recommends choosing a dressing that keeps the wound bed moist, and that hydrogels may be effective for this purpose in pressure ulcers (PUs). Thus the Cochrane Wounds Group has decided to assess the available literature on the effects of hydrogel dressings for treating PUs in any care setting.

The authors plan to summarise time to complete ulcer healing where analysed using appropriate survival analysis methods; the proportion of ulcers completely healing during published trial periods; and adverse events. In addition, because hydrogel dressings are likely to be evaluated against other advanced wound dressings, the document will also provides a description of potential comparators for use in determining local dressing choice.

To advance understanding of current literature on eliminating and treating PUs, Wounds UK is holding an intensive, one-day event providing practical advice on how to achieve national targets of eliminating APUs. The focus of Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers, held 2 October in Bristol, will be on recognising problems and offering realistic solutions.

To learn more and to register, go here