SMTL Dressings Datacard



Product Name: Comfeel Plus
Classification Name: Hydrocolloid dressing with calcium alginate
Manufacturer: Coloplast

Description

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Comfeel Plus Ulcer Dressing consists of a semipermeable polyurethane film coated with a flexible, cross-linked adhesive mass containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose and calcium alginate as the principal absorbent and gel forming agents. The dressing is permeable to water vapour but impermeable to exudate and microorganisms. In the presence of exudate, the absorbent components absorb liquid and swell to form a cohesive gel. The dressing is waterproof and the patient may bathe or shower with it in place.

Indications

Comfeel Plus Ulcer Dressing can be used in the management of low to moderate exuding venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, superficial burns, superficial partial - thickness burns, donor sites, postoperative wounds and skin abrasions. It can also be used to rehydrate necrotic tissue, which is then removed by autolysis.

Contra-indications

Comfeel Plus Ulcer Dressing should not be used on exposed muscle or bone, or applied to patients who are known to be sensitive to one of the ingredients.

Method of use

If clinically indicated, the wound should be cleansed in accordance with normal practice and the surrounding skin thoroughly dried before application of the adhesive sheet. A dressing should be selected that provides about 2 cm overlap around the wound margin to ensure good adhesion. Using the handles to ensure aseptic application, the protective paper is removed, and the dressing placed with the adhesive side to the wound after which the handles are removed. Ulcers and cavity wounds greater than 5 mm deep may be half filled with a suitable cavity wound dressing prior to the application of the adhesive sheet.

Frequency of Change

The frequency of dressing changes will be governed by the state of the wound. In general, ulcers containing slough and necrosis may require changing every 2-3 days, but clean granulating wounds may require less frequent treatment and in these situations the dressings may be left in place for up to seven days.

Warnings

Wounds on patients dressed with Comfeel Plus Ulcer Dressing with local and systemic infections and/or wounds caused by arterial insufficiency or diabetes, primarily on the lower leg or foot, should be inspected by a healthcare professional on a daily basis. In the event of an allergic reaction, the manufacturer should be contacted for information on dressing components.

Presentation

Comfeel Plus Ulcer Dressing is presented individually wrapped in a peel pouch, sterilised by beta irradiation. The dressings are available in the form of squares for routine use, with specially designed shaped versions available for dressing sacral and difficult to dress areas.

Sizes

4cm x 6cm

10cm x 10cm

15cm x 15cm

18cm x 20cm Sacral

6cm x 8cm Contour

9cm x 11cm Contour

Bibliography

1. Moody. M. et al., Evaluation of health-related quality of life and product handling aspects of venous leg ulcer patients with hydrocolloid dressings 2004, Nurse2Nurse, 4 (4).

2. Thomas, S. et al, "An in-vitro comparison of the physical characteristics of hydrocolloids, hydrogels, foams and alginate/CMC fibrous dressings."http://www.dressings.org, 2005,

Availability

Available on Drug Tariff - Further information on obtaining Coloplast products is available on the Coloplast web site.


Revision Details

Revision AuthorDr S. Thomas
Revision No 1.1
Revision date2005/07/12

This datacard has been prepared from data provided by the manufacturer and/or from published literature.



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