Fluid handling performance of wound dressings tested in a robotic venous leg ulcer system under compression therapy

Aleksei Orlov, Amit Gefen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We designed, developed, built, and utilised a robotic system of a leg with two venous leg ulcers for testing the fluid handling performance of three wound dressing types. The results showed that a foam-based dressing technology is inferior in fluid handling performance when applied to an exuding venous leg ulcer, such that the dressing needs to manage the exudate in a vertical configuration with respect to the ground, that is, so that gravity pulls the exudate to concentrate in a small region at the bottom of the dressing. Moreover, wound dressings containing superabsorbent polymers do not necessarily function equally in fluid handling for venous leg ulcer scenarios, as the extreme requirements from the dressing (to manage the viscous fluid of a vertical and typically highly-exuding wound) appear to distinguish between optimal and suboptimal product performances despite that the tested products contain a superabsorbent, theoretically lumping them together to belong to a so-called ‘superabsorbent dressing category’. In other words, it is a false premise to categorise products from different manufacturers into families based on material contents, and then assume that their laboratory or clinical performance is equal, so that from this point they can be judged solely on the basis of price.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1392
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Wound Journal
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2023

Keywords

  • chronic wound model
  • compression bandaging
  • exudate management
  • laboratory testing methods
  • wound care

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