EWMA 2014May 22, 2014
Aspen Medical was pleased to support five pieces of clinical work at the annual European Wound Management Association (EWMA) Conference held from 14th-16th May in Madrid:
Evaluation of a Polymeric Membrane Dressing in the Management of Radiotherapy induced skin reactions in Head and Neck Cancer Patients – Audrey Scott
Focussing on the use of PolyMem in radiotherapy skin reactions, this study took into account patient experience of the dressing in patients with a primary diagnosis of head and neck cancer. Patients were provided with pain diaries to log their pain scores (using a numerical and Wong Baker Faces scale), analgesia, sleeping patterns and dressing changes throughout the course of their treatment.
These diaries provided valuable data with common themes including; increased sleeping hours, dramatic reduction in pain during wear time of the dressing, increased healing rates when compared to the standard treatment, patients and carers were able to change the dressings, reduction in pain medication.
Evaluation of Standard Dressing versus Polymeric Membrane finger dressings and patient outcomes using pain diaries – Linda Rafter and Eddie Oforka
In this study, the standard treatment for fingertip injuries was compared to PolyMem Finger/Toe dressing. 39 patients with finger injuries were randomly selected from an A&E and minor injury unit to take part in the evaluation. Pain diaries were given to these patients to record their comments.
Patients given the standard treatment rated the dressing poor or very poor, bulky, and noted that the dressing fell off within a day. Patients in the PolyMem arm of the study rated the dressing good/ very good, comfortable, conformable, and provided protection. The study found PolyMem Finger/Toe dressings easy to apply and remove and compared to the current standard treatment, PolyMem Finger/Toe was shown to be more cost-effective.
Evaluation of Polymeric Membrane Dressing for Radiotherapy Induced Skin Reactions – Fionnula Hegarty and Michelle Wong
A clinical evaluation of PolyMem was undertaken to determine its efficacy in treating radiotherapy induced skin reactions and its potential to improve patient outcomes. 23 patients with different types of cancer were included in the study and patients were given pain diaries to record their experience.
This study into the treatment of radiotherapy induced skin reactions improved wound management in regards to pain, exudate control and patient comfort. The patient diaries gave the authors valuable insight in the management of patients with RTOG damage.
An evaluation of polymeric membrane finger dressing in 14 patients with finger injuries requiring surgery or trauma injuries requiring healing by secondary intention – Gill Evans and Annette Plowman
In this 14 patient study, PolyMem Finger/Toe was compared to the standard treatment based on the following key outcome measures: Hand function; Ease of application and removal; Pain reduction; Protection of the wound to facilitate healing; Patient acceptance; Cost effectiveness.
Results from the study found that all 14 patients found the finger dressing application easy. The conformability of the dressing allowed all the patients to maintain movement and dexterity whilst reducing pain. The new dressing exceeded expectations in all the criteria listed.
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Efficacy and ease of use: 40 patient pilot evaluation of a new zinc impregnated 2 layer compression bandage system – Jackie Stephen-Haynes (E-poster)
This 40 patient evaluation looked at CoFlex UBZ zinc-impregnated 2-layer bandage system to establish efficacy, ease of use and acceptance on subjects with leg ulcers or relating skin conditions.
This 40 subject pilot evaluation suggested that the new 2 Layer zinc impregnated bandage system has positive effects on skin condition, ulcer size and oedema management. Patients benefit through improved quality of life and the system is both easy to learn and disseminate.
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