Transforming the care of pressure ulcers
ALTRAZEAL Transforming Powder dressing has demonstrated the ability to promote healing in pressure ulcers, protecting these wounds from infection that may be common in this patient population due to compromised health and co-morbidities. Because pressure ulcers are caused by reduced mobility, ALTRAZEAL is an excellent treatment choice because it is thin, comfortable and flexible – it's designed to move and flex with the skin.1 ALTRAZEAL often requires no secondary dressing.
When hydrated by exudate or sterile saline, the aggregated powder particles of ALTRAZEAL form an intimate contact with the surface of the wound bed. Although the precise mechanism of action has not been determined, it is believed that this close contact and high moisture vapor transpiration rate (MVTR) at the interface between the dressing and wound bed creates a negative pressure that stimulates the formation of granulation tissue.
Pressure ulcers occur when sustained pressure cuts off blood flow to a part of the body and damages tissue, sometimes to the point of necrosis, or cell death. Although most pressure ulcers are caused by prolonged periods of time in a fixed position (bed- or wheelchair-bound patients are frequent sufferers), pressure ulcers can also be caused by friction or shear resulting from movements designed to prevent them.2
- Data on file. ULURU, Inc.
- Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/bedsores/DS00570/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed September 24, 2008.