ActivHeal® PHMB Foam dressing range: a product evaluation

Rebecca Forder, Alan A. Rogers, Karen Ousey, Mark G. Rippon

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Effective management of exudate is crucial for ensuring timely wound healing. Summarised in this product focus are 11 clinical studies (incorporating the experience of 179 patients), indicating that the ActivHeal® PHMB Foam dressing range (Advanced Medical Solutions Ltd.) is effective at treating infected wounds, managing wound exudate, debridement/wound cleansing, and enhancing the quality of life in patients with a various wound types, including venous leg ulcers (VLU), diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), pressure ulcers (PU), burns and postoperative surgical wounds. The use of the antimicrobial agent polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) provides an effective defence against a broad spectrum of microorganisms, including antibiotic-resistant microorganisms, commonly associated with wound colonisation and infection. This evaluation does not aim to be a systematic or narrative review but rather a selection of the most pertinent publications summarising the clinical evidence supporting ActivHeal PHMB Foam range for the treatment of various chronic and acute wounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages9
JournalWounds UK
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2024

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