SOLMED is pleased to be associated with SORBACT® and we present here the facts about this wonderful Green Healing Solution for Wounds of all types.
In keeping with our mission of SOURCE - SUPPLY - PROTECT we invite you to take a look at the wonderful technology that is environmentally friendly.
When traditional methods don't work!
Sorbact® is the first wound dressing that binds irreversibly without a chemically active agent.
Why is Sorbact® one of the most used Wound Dressings to control Infection in Hospitals?
Mode of Action: A physical process called Hydrophobic interaction takes place between the bacterial surface and the special coating of the dressing fibres.
What is Hydrophobic interaction?
Hydrophobic interaction is a basic physical principle. Water-repellent (hydrophobic) substances and organisms attract and bind to each other in an aqueous environment, encircled and held together by the forces of the surrounding water molecules.
A Sorbact® dressing is coated with a fatty acid derivative (DACC) giving the dressing their highly hydrophobic properties. In the moist environment of an infected wound, bacteria are therefore attracted to the dressing and become bound to it. Hence removing the dressing also removes the 'captured' bacteria which cannot reproduce or multiply whilst attached to the DACC.
For all unclean, colonised and infected exuding wounds such as:
Post-operative, dehisced wounds.
Chronic wounds such as, arterial, or diabetic ulcers and pressure sores.
Wounds after excision of fistulas and abscesses.
What Sorbact® will not do
No development of microbial resistance because hydrophobic interaction is vital for bacteria and fungi to exist
No risk of allergies against the fatty acid derivative DACC
No cytotoxicity seen in many other antiseptics - Sorbact® does not affect the body's own cells
No contraindications can be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding and on children
No promotion of bacterial endotoxin release from dead bacteria cells as microbes are bound irreversibly and not killed
"The product range is unique, with a highly effective mode of action and the ability to kick-start the healing process of previously non-healing wounds" Sylvie Hampton (Ref 1).
Ref 1. An evaluation of the efficacy of Sorbact® in different types of non-healing wounds. Sylvie Hampton, Wounds UK, 2007, Vol 3. No 4.
Sorbact® proved its efficiency in-vitro and in numerous surveillance studies.
Using the principle of hydrophobic interaction to bind and remove wound bacteria - Ljungh et al - Journal of Wound Care Vol 15 No. 4 April 2005 Chronic arterial leg ulcer with MRSA - A. Probst Infected decubitus ulcer over the greater trochanter - F. Lang Arterial leg ulcer - M. Zemanek Phlegmons of the lower extremity in AOD with gangrene (Fontaine Stage IV) - B. Von Hallern Chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers - B. Von Hallern
CLEAN WOUND AS USUAL If the wound is deep, apply a compress or ribbon gauze or swab to the wound and cover it with a Sorbact absorption dressing. If moisture is needed, use a Sorbact gel compress and cover the wound with a Sorbact film dressing or some other moisture-retention dressing.
If the wound is superficial, use a Sorbact gel compress, a compress or an absorption dressing, depending on the amount of exudate
APPLICATIONS Sorbact® - tips and advice.
Superficial exuding wounds. Dry with a swab, apply an absorption dressing directly to the wound (green side against the wound) and fix in place. Deep wounds. Dry with a swab. Unfold and fluff up one or more compresses or pieces of ribbon gauze and fill the cavity (do not pack it). Make sure that the woven areas are in direct contact with the whole of the wound surface. Cover with an absorption dressing (green side against the wound).
Fistulas. Insert a piece of ribbon gauze of the appropriate size. If the ribbon gauze is cut, we recommend that it should be folded double before being inserted, with both ends outside the opening of the fistula. Dry to moderately exudating wounds. Use a Sorbact gel dressing. If necessary, combine it with other Sorbact products. Cover with a moisture-retention dressing, such as a surgical dressing.
“Clean” wounds. These wounds include for example sutured wounds or other wounds that need to be protected. Apply a surgical dressing directly to the wound and remove the guide layer from the outside.
Fungal infection between the toes. Apply the 2 cm ribbon gauze in zig-zag fashion between the toes and fix the ends to the upper side of the foot. Fungal infection in skin folds. Apply a piece of 5 cm ribbon gauze or a compress longitudinally and fix in the appropriate manner