WoundSource 2015 is out and in the hands of its 25,000+ subscribers. We received over 140 new product submissions this edition. The wound care market just keeps growing in every device area. As has been the trend over the years, the majority of new wound care products submitted to WoundSource are dressings or cellular and/or tissue-based products, making up over half of the new products included in this year’s edition.
Other growing therapy areas including support surface technologies and debridement devices, which both have new innovations in the market. The following are a few technologies that I found to be of interest for their representation as advancements in wound care prevention and treatment.
There are a number of methods for mechanically debriding a wound, including the traditional method of moist to wet dressing. Debrisoft® by Lohmann and Rauscher is a mechanical debridement device that has been designed to deliver quick, gentle mechanical debridement in a single device.
Debrisoft® is constructed of millions of synthetic beveled fibers used to gently loosen debris from the wound bed and surrounding tissue while absorbing matter into the fibers. This one-step procedure has demonstrated strong patient acceptance as a procedure with virtually pain-free delivery, according to studies conducted on this device. This is an exciting new debridement option for both patients and clinicians alike.
Another innovation in debridement is the BioBag® by UK-based BioMonde. BioBag® offers a way for clinicians to deliver maggot debridement therapy in a fully concealed, or contained method, dressing, eliminating some of the application and physiological barriers to delivering this method of debridement, which has proven safety and efficacy.
I have a personal interest in biotherapy for wounds and was excited to learn about this new option becoming available in the US market. Medical Maggots, available from Monarch Labs, LLC, is the other purveyor of maggot therapy devices in the US offering options for confined, or free-range maggot therapy. As the market expands in the area of wound care, education and acceptance by clinicians and patients will grow with it. The introduction of BioBag® to the US market will certainly support maggot therapy’s acceptance as becoming a more regularly sought treatment for wounds.
3. Hercules Patient Repositioner™
I had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the Hercules Patient Repositioner™ by Sizewise at the annual Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses conference. This is a system that truly delivers a solution to nursing staff as it addresses the patient and staff safety concerns of repositioning bariatric patients in their bed, another win-win innovation for health care professionals and patients.
The Hercules™ mattress replacement system is specifically designed to reduce shear, peak interface pressure, friction by allowing automated repositioning via the device on the patient’s support surface. Nursing staff operates the Hercules™ by a powered mechanism with draws the patient into the appropriate position in bed, allowing for the repositioning of bariatric patients without the safety or wound development issues associated manually shifting the individual.
4. Kerecis™ Omega3 Wound
The next I’m going to discuss come from the rapidly expanding area of biologics, or cellular and/or tissue-based products. Kerecis™ Omega3 Wound, marketed in the US by Kerecis Ltd., is a fish-skin extracellular matrix. We’ve seen a number of bovine, porcine and human cell based technologies introduced to the US market, so this is a new offering for wound and surgical applications.
The technology behind Kerecis™ Omega3 Wound works like this: The decellularized fish skin sheets serve as a scaffold for the repopulation and revascularization of cells in the patient’s wound. The proprietary formulation of Omega3 lipids found in the fish skin help support the skin’s corneal health through absorption, aiding in the reduction of inflammation. We’re all familiar with the benefits of fish and omega 3 in other areas of health. I know I take my fish oil supplements regularly. Now we see its benefits being used in advanced wound care.
5. The Topper™ MicroEnvironment Manager™
In addition to repositioning aids, the support surface market has seen recent development in patient microclimate management. For optimal wound healing and prevention, patient skin requires a certain amount of “climate control” to manage excess heat and moisture that develops as a result of the patient’s body resting on the support surface.
The Topper™ MicroEnvironment Manager™ by Span-America is the first completely reusable microclimate management system. As with some of the other products discussed in this post, the Topper takes a multifaceted approach to a clinical issue and addresses patient outcomes, ease of integration and cost. The system is designed to fit over any pressure redistribution surface. The low-profile overlay provides gentle air flow directly to the underside of vapor permeable top layer, helping to reduce heat, moisture development, pressure, shear, all major factors in maintaining an optimal environment for wound healing and prevention.
In my roles as managing editor of the leading wound care product reference, I live and breathe wound care technology. I offer these product features to acquaint you with some of the latest trends and innovations in wound care from my vantage. They are in no way intended to serve as endorsements of the trade names and/or companies mentioned in this post.
If you have a new or interesting technology that you would like to share with WoundSource, feel free to contact me directly – I’d love to hear from you!