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ActiFormCool®

An ionic sheet hydrogel which can reduce wound pain

In detail

ActiFormCool reduces wound pain and provides an immediate cooling effect, especially if the skin or wound is hot and inflamed.

ActiFormCool dynamically responds to the moisture level in the wound, either donating or absorbing exudate, to create and maintain the optimal moist wound environment.

Key benefits

  • reduces wound pain by cooling inflamed tissue and bathing nerve endings
  • dynamically responds to the wound environment to treat the underlying causes of pain
  • removing devitalised tissue by donating moisture to dry wounds and absorbing exudate from wet wounds
  • pain is managed throughtout wear time - not just at dressing change
  • gentle even on the most fragile skin
  • effective under compression therapy

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Common questions

  • Can the dressing be used with other dressings?

    Practitioners should rationalise why they are using dressing combinations e.g. adhesive film dressing cover to provide waterproofing, compression bandaging to address venous problems. There are no known interactions between ActiFormCool® and other dressings.

Indications

Indications for use:

As a primary dressing to assist in autolytic debridement by hydrating necrotic and sloughy tissue and absorbing exudate. Suitable for painful skin and wound conditions e.g. leg ulcers, burns, scalds and radiation therapy damage. Suitable on neonates and those with vulnerable skin. Many be used with secondary dressings.

Contraindications:

ActiFormCool® should not be used as a covering on deep, narrow cavities or sinuses. Do not use ActiFormCool on patients sensitive to any of the components of the dressing.

Haemostasis should be achieved prior to dressing application.

Ordering codes

LR code PIP code Hospital code
Hydrogel Dressing 5cm x 6.5cm 88300 315-5553 ELE 083
Hydrogel Dressing 10cm x 10cm 88301 304-8352 ELE 055
Hydrogel Dressing 10cm x 15cm 88302 304-8360 ELE 056
Hydrogel Dressing 20cm x 20cm 88303 342-8141 ELE 020

Clinical evidence

Measuring outcomes with complex patients: an audit of the effect of ActiFormCool on painful wounds

6 month audit on 21 patients with painful wounds. ActiFormCool made significant improvement to patients' lives.

Author: Bradbury S, Ivins N, Harding K, Turner A
Publication: Wounds UK Journal, Sept 2008, Vol.4, No.3
Date: September 1st, 2008

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Pain Management in Leg Ulcers using ActiFormCool

To test the effectiveness of ActiFormCool on painful wounds and to establish what types of pain could be reduced by ActiFormCool.

Author: Stephen Young, Sylvie Hampton
Publication: Wounds UK Journal, Nov 2005
Date: November 1st, 2005

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A small study in healing rates and symptoms control using a new sheet hydrogel dressing

ActiFormCool reduced wound pain, absorbed exudate and encouraged healing.

Author: Sylvie Hampton TVCS
Publication: Journal Wound Care, Vol 13, No 4, July 2004; 297-300
Date: July 1st, 2004

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The use of an ionic hydrogel in a neonate with a necrotic extravasation injury

Case study of a neonate with an extravasation injury resulting in a necrotic lesion in area of Achilles tendon. Complete debridement achieved.

Author: Trudie Young Lecturer in Tissue Viability
Publication:
Date: May 1st, 2008

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21 days in the life of Edna

Myeloid leukaemia patient with extensive bilateral tissue damage to both knees from pressure damage, complete debridment with ActiFormCool after 9 days.

Author: Sian Fumarola Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist
Publication:
Date: April 1st, 2008

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