Influence of superabsorbent dressings on non-healing ulcers: a multicentre case series from the Netherlands and the UK

M. van Leen*, A. Rondas, J. Neyens, K. Cutting, J. M. G. A. Schols

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Abstract

Objective: To record and assess the application and the progression of wound healing in patients who received Sorbion sachet S or Sorbion Sana wound dressings. Method: A convenience sample of patients with chronic wounds was recruited from nursing homes or community wound clinics in the Netherlands and the UK. Wound surface area measurements, pain assessment using a visual analogue scale score, patient affect (mood) and social interaction were recorded using a specifically designed evaluation template. Results: Pressure ulcer (PU) (n=11) and leg ulcer (LU) (n=20) patients had a mean age of 64.6 years and 71.7 years, respectively. Mean PU surface area decreased from 15.27cm(2) in week 0 to 7.63cm(2) in week 8, while mean LU surface area decreased from 19.43cm(2) in week 0 to 7.19cm(2) in week 8. Mean PU pain decreased from 3.69 in week 0 to 0.67 in week 8, while pain at dressing change decreased from 3.23 in week 0 to 0.75 in week 8. Furthermore, mean LU pain decreased from 3.45 in week 0 to 1.90 in week 8, and pain at dressing change decreased from 3.4 in week 0 to 1.3 in week 8. The number of patients experiencing a negative influence of the PU on affect reduced from 6 in week 0 to 2 in week 8 and on social interaction from 6 in week 0 to 2 in week 8. The number of patients experiencing a negative influence of their LU on affect reduced from 7 in week 0 to zero in week 8 and on social interaction from 7 in week 0 to 2 in week 8. Conclusion: This case series records the response of patients' chronic wounds in terms of wound progress, patient pain and additional psycho-social factors following the application of the superabsorbent dressings and indicates that the dressings have a positive role to play in creating an environment conductive to the promotion of healing in LUs and PUs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-550
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Volume23
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

Keywords

  • pressure ulcer
  • leg ulcer
  • pain
  • wound-healing
  • absorbent dressing

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