Our Story: The importance of Safetac® technology to improve wound healing2, 6

Pain causes stress. Stress delays healing. Safetac® technology is different because it is designed to be pain-free during dressing changes.1 Learn why the wound care dressings that nurses prefer are now available to you at home.5

Faster Healing 2

Dressings with Safetac® technology create a faster wound healing environment.2 Traditional adhesives may strip the skin, tear the wound and leak drainage back onto the skin – all these things delay wound healing. Dressings with Safetac® technology are different because they don’t stick in the wound and don’t strip skin. Foam dressings with Safetac® technology absorb drainage better than other dressings.2,8,9 They also provide a longer wear time, optimal moisture and temperature for undisturbed wound healing.

May decrease pain medication 7

Pain medication can make daily activities difficult, but Safetac® may reduce the need for pain medication. During a clinical study, people wearing a dressing with Safetac® technology reported significant reduction in mean pain scores at the end of the first week of treatment at dressing application (p = 0.02), and during dressing wear (p<0.05). Pain at dressing removal also favored Safetac® technology.

In the Safetac® group, the average weekly amounts of the opiate medication used for dressing change per patient was 74% less (p = 0.031).

The average weekly amounts of background pain medication (excluding opiates) also decreased by 72%.

Less Pain, Less Stress

More than 40% of patients in one survey considered pain at dressing changes to be the worst part of living with a wound.1 Pain from dressing changes is often a result of adhesives damaging the wound and skin.1 Pain causes stress, and stress delays healing.6 Dressings with Safetac® technology use a unique patented soft silicone adhesive technology. They are designed to be less painful during dressing changes1 – feel the difference!

Nurse & Patient Preferred 1, 5

In the largest survey of its kind, 3034 patients from 20 countries with a variety of wound types were interviewed. They compared various other dressings with Safetac® technology dressings. Patients were asked to express which dressing they preferred. The results showed an overwhelming, statistically significant preference for dressings with Safetac® technology, because they were less painful.

“If you reduce that pain, and reduce that stress, then it’s likely that the whole patient experience will improve, which will be reflected in their healing.3

Professor Dominic Upton, PhD, FBPs
Institute of Health and Society
University of Worcester
United Kingdom

“If you reduce that pain, and reduce that stress, then it’s likely that the whole patient experience will improve, which will be reflected in their healing.3

Professor Dominic Upton, PhD, FBPs, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, United Kingdom

Portrait of Professor Dominic Upton, PhD

Legal References

  1. White R. A Multinational survey of the assessment of pain when removing dressings. Wounds UK, 2008.
  2. Compared to traditional dry-type gauze. Reference: Nature Publishing Group, Jan 20 1962, Vol 193 Cross –Microbes larger than 25 nm
  3. Mustoe TA et al. International Clinical Recommendations on Scar Management. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, August 2002, Vol 110, No 2.
  4. Data on file
  5. Morris C, Emsley P, Marland E, Meuleneire F, White R. Use of wound dressings with soft silicone adhesive technology. Paediatric Nursing, April 2009, Vol21, No3:38-43
  6. Upton D et al. The impact of atraumatic vs conventional dressings on pain and stress in patients with chronic wounds. Journal of Wound Care, 2012.
  7. Silverstein P et al. An open, parallel, randomized, comparative, multicenter study to evaluate the cost-effectiveness, performance, tolerance, and safety of a silver-containing soft silicone foam dressing (intervention) vs silver sulfadiazine cream. J Burn Care Res. 2011 Nov-Dec;32(6):617-26
  8. Data on File

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