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Journal Title: Fluid handling by foam wound dressings: From engineering theory to advanced laboratory performance evaluations
Authors: Gefen, Amit
Alves, Paulo
Beeckman, Dimitri
Cullen, Breda
Lazaro-Martinez, Jose
Lev-Tov, Hadar
Santamaria, Nick
Woo, Kevin
Soderstrom, Bengt
Svensby, Anna
Malone, Matthew
Nygren, Erik
SWH Author: Swanson, Terry
Keywords: Foam
Wound Dressing
Performance Evaluation
Issue Date: 3-Jan-2024
Date Accessioned: 2024-02-19T02:50:44Z
Date Available: 2024-02-19T02:50:44Z
Accession Number: 14674
Format Startpage: 1
Source Volume: 21
Issue Number: 2
DOI: 10.1111/iwj.14674
Abstract: This article describes the contemporary bioengineering theory and practice of evaluating the fluid handling performance of foam-based dressings, with focus on the important and clinically relevant engineering structure– function relationships and on advanced laboratory testing methods for preclinical quantitative assessments of this common type of wound dressings. The effects of key wound dressing material-related and treatment-related physical factors on the absorbency and overall fluid handling of foam-based dressings are thoroughly and quantitively analysed. Discussions include exudate viscosity and temperature, action of mechanical forces and the dressing microstructure and associated interactions. Based on this comprehensive review, we propose a newly developed testing method, experimental metrics and clinical benchmarks that are clinically relevant and can set the standard for robust fluid handling performance evaluations. The purpose of this evaluative framework is to translate the physical characteristics and performance determinants of a foam dressing into achievable best clinical outcomes. These guiding principles are key to distinguishing desirable properties of a dressing that contribute to optimal performance in clinical settings.
Journal Title: International Wound Journal
ISSN: 1742-481X
Type: Journal Article
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