Dr Devlin Elliott1
1Greenslopes Plastics Department, Greenslopes, Brisbane, Australia
Introduction:There are a variety of products on the market that can be used for donor site dressing. Mextra Superabsorbent is a dressing with high retention and absorption capacity that reduces the risk of leakage and maceration. The fluid-repellent backing material, and polyacrylate superabsorbent particles reduce strike through resulting in fewer dressing changes. The dressing is soft and comfortable which makes it easy to apply. Applications include highly exuding wounds, such as venous leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers or skin graft donor sites.
Results:Our preliminary findings with Mextra Superabsorbent are positive. We’ve noticed we are able to leave the dressing on for the full two weeks until the wound has healed without the need for reinforcement or replacement. The dressing allows for excellent healing and maintains its structure and integrity without becoming bulky upon exudate absorption.
Discussion:Mextra Superabsorbent as a donor site dressing has many added benefits. Patients report that the dressing is comfortable and there is reduced pain on removal in comparison to conventional dressings. Reduced dressing changes and leakage have resulted in lower costs and better patient satisfaction.
Conclusions: Mextra Superabsorbant is an effective option for a donor site dressing with several significant benefits. Increased absorptive capacity allows for reduced dressing changes, avoids maceration and promotes effective wound healing.
Otago University Graduate
Current Plastics PHO Greenslopes Hospital