Fluid Handling Dynamics and Durability of Silver-Containing Gelling Fiber Dressings Tested in a Robotic Wound System

Aleksei Orlov, Adi Lustig, Angela Grigatti, Amit Gefen

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OBJECTIVE To develop a robotic phantom system containing multiple simulated wound replicates to determine the synergy in fluid absorbency and retention (sorptivity) performances and the post-simulated-use mechanical durability of silver-containing gelling fiber primary dressings when used with a secondary dressing, as per clinical practice. METHODS Using a robotic system containing six identical wound simulators, the authors tested the sorptivity performances of the Exufiber Ag + (Mölnlycke Health Care, Gothenburg, Sweden) primary dressing (ExAg-polyvinyl alcohol [PVA]) against a market-leading comparator product, when used with a secondary foam dressing. The durability of the primary dressings after simulated use was further investigated through tensile mechanical testing. RESULTS The ExAg-PVA primary dressing delivered greater fluid amounts for absorbency and retention by the secondary foam dressing, approximately 2-and 1.5-fold more than the comparator dressing pair after 10 and 15 hours, respectively. The ExAg-PVA dressing was also substantially less sensitive to the direction of pulling forces and, accordingly, exhibited post-use mechanical strength that was approximately four and six times greater than that of the other primary dressing (when the latter dressing was tested out-of-Alignment with its visible seams) after 10 and 15 hours, respectively. CONCLUSIONS The dynamics of the sorptivity and fluid sharing between primary and secondary dressings and the effect of directional preference of strength of the primary dressings for adequate durability, resulting in safe post-use removals, have been described. The comparative quantification of these capabilities should help clinical and nonclinical decision-makers select dressings that best meet their patient needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-334
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2022


  • biomechanical model
  • exudate management
  • laboratory testing
  • sorptivity
  • tissue phantom
  • wound care


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