About Infected Wounds
KCI provides an integrated portfolio of proven solutions to assist with the management of infected wounds, when combined with appropriate good clinical practice, such as debridement and systemic antibiotics. Our products have been shown to facilitate healing in the hospital or home.
The Science Behind Our Products
Our solutions are built on a deep scientific expertise, supported by a large body of clinical evidence.
Why It Matters
Every infected wound required a decisive treatment plan to help rapidly clear the infection and re-establish an environment for healing. A decisive treatment regime can change the course and cost of infected wound management:
- Cases of surgical site infection can double the length of patient’s hospital stay, costing up to £6,626 for interventions1
- The NHS spends more than £20 million per year on silver dressings alone to treat infected wounds2
KCI provides a wide range of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) systems for hospital, community or home treatment. Since its launch in 1995, V.A.C.® Therapy** has changed the way wounds are treated. Backed by more published clinical evidence than any other NPWT Systems, V.A.C.® Therapy has become the clinicians' treatment of choice for more than 10 million wounds worldwide.* V.A.C.® Therapy creates an environment that promotes wound healing through the application of negative (vacuum) pressure at the wound site. This helps to draw wound edges together, remove infectious materials and promote granulation.
*As of 2016, KCI data on file
**V.A.C.® Therapy is not a substitute for antibiotic or debrimenet but can be as adjuntive therapy in infected wounds.
Advanced Wound Dressings
A number of our advanced wound dressings offer antimicrobial benefits. KERRACONTACT™ Ag Dressing with Oxysalts Technology has a unique mode of action which starts to kill 99.999% of bacteria in just 30 minutes3. SILVERCEL™ NON-ADHERENT Dressing with Silver and PROMOGRAN PRISMA™ Matrix work effectively to help infected wounds. Our other advanced wound dressings such as ADAPTIC TOUCH™ Non-Adhering Silicone Dressing serves as a gentle silicone wound contact layer.
KERRAMAX CARE™ Super-Absorbent Dressing’s horizontal wicking action absorbs potentially unhealthy exudate and locks it inside the dressing, so it doesn’t leak or drip4. The absorption capacity reduces dressing changes with less wound disturbance and improves patient comfort5. KERRAMAX CARE™ Dressings, KERRAFOAM™ Gentle Border Foam Dressings and TIELLE LIQUALOCK™ Dressings can be used as secondary dressings for infected wounds with varying exudate levels in conjunction with one of our antimicrobial dressings.
4. An in-vitro comparison of MRSA and P.aeruginosa sequestration by 5 super-absorbent wound dressings.
Education is key to promoting quality of care, particularly when it involves the healthcare community. Our instructional programs – from professional training to continuing education – provide a continuum designed to improve skills and enrich knowledge across all healthcare settings.