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Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2016;29(6):318-323. doi: 10.1159/000454720. Epub 2017 Jan 18.

In vitro Evaluation of the Cleansing Effect of a Monofilament Fiber Debridement Pad Compared to Gauze Swabs.

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Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Jena, Jena, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Removal of nonvital tissue is an accepted method to eradicate biofilms and to stimulate wound healing. Debridement using a monofilament polyester fiber pad has clinically been shown to be effective as well as pain and trauma free.

METHODS:

For in vitro determination of the cleansing capacity of this product compared to gauze swabs, a wound debridement model was used with glass plates coated with a bovine serum albumin solution, stained with hematoxylin. Both products were moistened and fixed to a weight connected to a regulated motor and were then pulled over the holding device with the coated glass plate under standardized conditions (power = 0.067 N/cm2, velocity = 1.6 cm/s).

RESULTS:

At a low coating concentration (0.5%) both products were equally effective, but at a high concentration (1.5%) cleansing did not occur after 5 wipes. When wiping the plates 15 times, the debridement pad cleansed significantly (p < 0.001) better than gauze. When consecutively wiping 4 coated plates with a single debridement pad or swab, the pad exhibited and maintained a significantly higher cleansing capacity while gauze quickly lost its effect.

CONCLUSION:

Our in vitro test results indicated a higher cleansing capacity of the debridement pad compared to gauze swabs.

PMID:
28095386
DOI:
10.1159/000454720
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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