Rapid capillary action dressing for difficult to heal woundsThe capillary action component of VACUTEX:
Wound fluid exudate) is absorbed from the wound bed by VACUTEX. For deep (crater) wounds or for underminded wounds, a ribbon, a stack or even a patchwork of the VACUTEX dressing may be used as packing to absorb the fluid fom the wound bed. VACUTEX takes the exudate away from the wound by accelerated capillary action.
By means of lateral wicking, the absorbed fluid is spead in the central layer of VACUTEX, where the wound contact surface remains non-adherent and almost dry. In this way, the fluid is no longer able o macerate the wound borders when the dressing is wet.
- WICKING AND REMOVAL
When the central wicking layer is saturated, the excess fluid is tansferred to the third layer and from there it can be absorbed by a secondary dressing.
- VACUTEX can be cut into ribbons or smaller, stacked pieces according to the wound size, and inserted into the wound without leaving fibes or wound dressing parts.
- Absorbtion of the exudate from the wound pulls the fluidinto the central layer of the VACUTEX dressing.
- Fluid is wicked away from the wound and transported to the VACUTEX dressing.
- The fabric surface in contact with the wound bed remains almost dry, whilst the fluid tavels vertically in the central layer, where it can be collected (“managed”) on delivery from the wound.
VACUTEX is a capillary action dressing nursing tool, and is list-ed within the NHS Supplies Agency as a separate category of advanced wound dressing as:“Capillary Dressings – low adherence” (see NHSSA codes on back page of this document)
- VACUTEX contains no additives or drugs and causes no known adverse reactions.
- VACUTEX can be used from both sides of the dressing. Once put on the wound, the capillary action is activated and becomes one-directional.
- The patented innovative three-layered construction of polyester filamets and poly/cotton fibes causes an accelerated capillary ‘pulling’ action on wound interfaces, lifting, transporting exudate and interstitial fluids) to a central ‘locking’ layer until saturation, and then on to a third absorbent layer.
- The concept behind this advanced wound dressing is to lift and transport potentially bacteria-laden exudate, slough and liquid necrotic debris away from the wound bed.
- VACUTEX creates autolysis within the wound environment that quickly breaks down and lifts slough and liquid necrotis debris. It does not remove dry necrosis.
- VACUTEX can absorb up to 30 times its own weight.
- VACUTEX can be combined with secondairy dressings, including super absorbers and will not macerate the wound border which would slow down wound healing.
- As no two wounds are the same, VACUTEX can be designed to suit each individual patient’s wound type, and is used as an extension of nursing skills, to design the ideal dressing for each patient’s needs.