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Jolt #4: Healthcare Caffeine, WoundSource Edition
By Colton Mason
Part 2 in a series exploring the latest innovations in soft silicone wound care dressings. For Part 1, click here.
The next stop on our journey through "silicone valley" is with a company that is relatively new to the wound care scene. For years now, MediPurpose has been known as the manufacturer of SurgiLance safety lancets – one of the world's most popular single-use lancing devices. A few years ago, they entered the wound care market focusing on delivering low-cost options for products such as hydrocolloids and foam dressings. What peaked my interest though is their latest product innovation, a bordered foam dressing featuring a soft silicone adhesive.
MediPlus Fixation and Fluid Absorption
MediPlus Silicone Comfort Foam allows fixation without using a secondary dressing or tape. The dressings may be easily removed to minimize trauma and pain to the wound bed or surrounding skin, due to the intrinsic properties of the soft silicone that is incorporated. This provides you with an all-in-one foam dressing solution, and eliminates the costs associated with purchasing secondary retention dressings or tapes.
In addition to the cost savings associated with only needing one dressing, one of the key benefits of MediPlus Silicone is its ability to absorb fluid at more than five times the dressing's weight. This means that wound exudates and excess wound fluids are removed from the wound bed and absorbed into the foam layer of the dressing to minimize the risk of maceration and ensure that a moist wound environment can be maintained. MediPlus Silicone is waterproof, and provides excellent absorption capacity for up to seven days for low to medium exuding wounds.
MediPlus Silicone Comfort Foam Advantages
MediPlus Silicone Comfort is a dressing that in appearance looks closest to the brand name product that most of us are familiar with when we think of silicone dressings. MediPlus Silicone is available in four sizes: 3"x3", 4"x4", 6"x6" and a 7.2"x7.2" sacral dressing.
MediPlus Silicone Comfort Foam is designed to save facilities over 50 percent in cost compared to the market leading soft silicone foam dressing. This is a huge benefit to home care providers, such as home health and hospice agencies, that are looking for cost-effective solutions to drive down their monthly spend on advanced wound care dressings.
Another market this greatly assists is Part B billers that are being reimbursed by Medicare for delivering wound care dressings to patients at home. By utilizing a generic alternative for soft silicone dressings, such as MediPlus Silicone Comfort Foam, Part B providers can remain profitable compared to reimbursement on this product category.
About the Author
Colton Mason is the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Supreme Medical Fulfillment Systems - a national wholesale distributor of medical supplies and equipment that specializes in wound care.
His syndicated column, Healthcare Caffeine, is read by thousands of health care professionals every week – and he is pleased to deliver this special WoundSource Edition, featuring exclusive content specific to the wound care industry.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.