Use of Gentian Violet and Methylene Blue antibacterial foam dressings on various wound types in the acute care setting

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Sharon White, BSN, RN, CWOCN

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To present clinical cases on the use of gentian violet and methylene blue (GVMB) antibacterial foam dressings on various wound types in an acute care setting.

Method and Materials
Various wound types were managed with either a GVMB polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or polyurethane (PU) antibacterial foam dressing. Frequency and method of dressing changes were performed as per product labeling instructions.

With the emergence of advanced technologies, we have a wide diversity of wound care products available in the market. Given so many choices, determining which product to use and when can be a challenge. As health care providers, we should have a better understanding of patient's overall health condition, would physiology, and how to manage local wound care to be able to find the best option for the patient.

In the acute care setting, patient's present with various wound types such as surgical, trauma, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, atypical ulcers and more. In this case series, we utilized GVMB antibacterial foams as a part of the plan to address debridement, bioburden management and moisture balance. GVMB antibacterial foam dressings come in 2 forms: Both foams are absorptive and effective against a wide spectrum of microorganisms typically found in wounds. An article recently published, suggested the GVMB polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) antibacterial foam dressing does aid in autolytic debridement. GVMB antibacterial foam dressings cost less than silver dressings, is easy to use, and patients are able to continue the treatment to a home care setting in some cases. In addition, GVMB antibacterial foam has no known cytotoxic effects.

Understanding wound dressing characteristics will enable clinicians to mange local wound care appropriately. We were able to utilize GVMB antibacterial foam dressings as part of the plan of care on various wound types in the acute care setting and address some of the key components in local wound care.

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