Insight into the development of non-adherent, absorbent dressings

Rajendran, Subbiyan ORCID: 0000-0001-5321-0085 and Anand, Subhash (2002) Insight into the development of non-adherent, absorbent dressings. Journal of wound care, 11 (5). pp. 191-195. ISSN 0969-0700


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Objective: This study aimed to develop a variety of wound dressing materials, made from standard natural fibres, that have high absorption and non-adherent characteristics. Method: A total of 21 dressings were made using knitted and crochet technologies and their absorbency was tested. Five non-adherent recipes were selected from a range of chemical formulations and the optimised non-adherent finishes were applied to the four best dressings. Their absorbency and non-adherent properties were evaluated. Results: The study demonstrated that rib cotton (RC), rib viscose (RV), crochet cotton medium (CCM) and crochet viscose medium (CVM) dressings possess high absorption and that five finishing recipes, C+D, A+G, I, I+N and I+G, impart high absorption as well as non-adherent properties. The finish I+G is superior in imparting non-adherence to RV dressing, both in dry and moist conditions. This means that irrigation with water, saline or sodium citrate solution before removing the dressing from a wound is not needed. Conclusion: A number of novel knitted and crochet structures with enhanced absorbency have been designed for wound management using standard bleached fibres. Novel non-adherent finishes for the developed structures have been formulated for the developed dressings, and offer an alternative to existing non-adherent dressings.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article was originally published in the Journal of wound care, published by and copyright Mark Allen Publishing.
Uncontrolled Keywords: absorbency, British Pharmacopoeia method, wound dressing
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:35
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 10:47

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