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Hydrogels Dressings

Characteristics / Functions

  • Wound gels are excellent for helping to create or maintain a moist environment   Some hydrogels provide absorption, desloughing and debriding capacities to necrotic and fibrotic tissue.
  • Hydrogel sheets are cross-linked polymer gels in sheet form. Some are available with an adhesive border

Best Uses

  • Helps provide and maintain a moist wound environment
  • By increasing moisture content, hydrogels have the ability to help cleans and debride necrotic tissue
  • For wounds with minimal or no exudate

Advantages

  • Effective in hydrating wound surfaces and liquefying necrotic tissue on the wound surface
  • Non-adherent and can be removed without trauma to the wound bed
  • "Soothing" effect promotes patient acceptance

Disadvantages

  • Not too absorptive, therefore, hydrogels or hydrogel sheets may not be an appropriate choice for moderate to highly exudating wounds
  • Require secondary dressings

Hydrogels Available:

 

Product Manufacturer
Tegagel 3M
Amerigel Topical Ointment Amerx Health Care
Bard Absorption Dressing
Biolex
Iamin
Bard Medical
CarraSorb
Carrasyn
DIAB GEL
Carrington Laboratories
Woun'Dres
Purilon
Coloplast 
DuoDERM
SAF-Gel
ConvaTec
Repair Hydrogel Darja Laboratories Inc.
DermaSyn DermaRite
Dermagran Derma Sciences, Inc.
CURASOL HEALTHPOINT
Restore Hollister Inc.
NU-GEL Johnson & Johnson
CURAFIL Kendall
SkinTegrity Medline
Hypergel
Normlgel
Molnlycke Health Care
MPM MPM Medical, Inc.
Iamin ProCyte
PanoPlex Sage Laboratories
IntraSite
SoloSite
Smith & Nephew
Elta Dermal Swiss-American Products, Inc.

 


Medicare / DMERC Utilization Guidelines

Hydrogel wound cover (gauze or sheet) is usually changed once per day. If it has an adhesive border, it is usually changed up to 3 times per week.

Hydrogel wound filler is usually changed once daily. No more than 3 ounces of filler is typically medically necessary per wound in a 30 day period.


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