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ConvaTec Announces Expanded Indications for AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings in Management of Surgical Wounds
Date:1/22/2009

d indication for use in orthopedic wounds is particularly significant," added Schabacker. Blistering, often associated with orthopedic dressings, can lead to infection, delay healing and increase hospital length of stay.(3) "AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings provide an effective alternative for the management of orthopedic surgical wounds."

These latest indications for AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings follow the expanded indication each received from the FDA in 2007 for the management of painful wounds. The unique gelling action of Hydrofiber(R) Technology has been shown to reduce wound pain while the dressing is in situ and help reduce the pain and trauma upon dressing removal.(4) Hydrofiber(R) Technology is also featured in the company's recently launched Versiva(R) XC(TM) Gelling Foam Dressings.

These dressings gel on contact with wound fluid, which is locked inside the dressing to protect the periwound skin, while maintaining a moist environment to support healing and protect newly formed tissue from damage on removal.

According to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the estimated number of patients in the United States developing invasive MRSA infections in 2005 was 94,360.(5) Approximately 85 percent of those infections were associated with health care delivery,(5) and approximately 14 percent of those infections occurred in persons without obvious exposures to health care settings.(5)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, surgical site infections are the third most frequently reported hospital-acquired infections, accounting for 14 to 16 percent of all nosocomial infections among hospitalized patients.(2)

AQUACEL(R) and AQUACEL(R) Ag Dressings have been studied in numerous randomized clinical trials across a variety of chronic and acute wounds, including pressure ulcers, leg ul
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