ConvaTec Announces New Use of AQUACEL Foam Dressing to Protect Against Skin Breakdown

  ConvaTec (Skillman, NJ) announced that its AQUACEL foam dressings can now be used as part of a comprehensive protocol to protect patients from skin breakdown tied to friction and moisture.

  In in vitro tests, AQUACEL foam dressing showed a 75% reduction in skin-damaging friction compared to traditional Mepilex Border dressings.

  Although moisture on the skin does not directly cause skin breakdown, it softens the skin, making it more susceptible to damage. The AQUACEL layer helps prevent this by transforming into a gel upon contact with moisture, preventing the outward spread of fluid where it can soften and break down otherwise healthy skin.

  In addition, AQUACEL foam is also designed to provide a waterproof, viral, and bacterial barrier, helping to protect skin from incontinence episodes that can lead to hard-to-manage and, in severe cases, deadly skin infections.

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