Medline has launched OptiView transparent dressing with HydroCore Technology to allow easy assessment of at-risk skin and monitoring skin breakdown.
The design of the dressing allows caregivers to inspect and monitor the skin quickly and easily without the need to remove the dressing.
Offered in various sizes to accommodate different body areas, the dressing also aims to reduce the risk of pressure injuries.
The HydroCore Technology is engineered to redistribute pressure and dissipate heat using gel to create a cooling effect.
It allows caregivers to detect changes in skin texture and colour, as well as early signs of skin breakdown, without disturbing the dressing.
The 6in x 6in multisite dressing is suitable for challenging areas such as elbows, knees, heels and shoulders while the larger 7in x 7in and 9in x 9in dressings are tailored for the sacrum area.
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Medline’s testing has revealed significant advantages of OptiView over competitive products, including a 62% reduction in peak pressure and the ability to keep the skin up to 1.5°C cooler.
Medline Skin Health vice-president AJ Ford said: “We are grateful for the product feedback received from nurses nationwide who helped us make impactful changes to ensure OptiView is a successful addition to a care provider’s pressure injury prevention plan.”
UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital inpatient wound ostomy continence registered nurse Holly Baglio said: “It is time-consuming to keep an eye on wounds under the dressings and our clinical team sometimes assumed that as long as the dressing was on there, the wound would be okay. This led to pressure injuries.
“OptiView has helped us both treat and prevent future pressure injuries, and the longer wear time and less dressing changes have introduced cost savings into our organisation. Our nurses can make OptiView last five days, compared to maybe 12 hours from traditional foam dressings.”
Last year, Medline signed a multi-year prime vendor distribution agreement with the University of Utah Health.
As part of the agreement, the company agreed to provide a portfolio of essential medical supplies and solutions for the university’s inpatient acute care hospitals and outpatient physician offices, as well as the ambulatory surgery centre network.