Moist wound healing

The moist wound healing method currently represents the most preferred approach in the treatment of both chronic and acute wounds. The principle of this treatment lies in the maintenance of a moist environment within the wound. This promotes cell division and movement within the wound, maintains the correct pH at the affected site and fundamentally influences all phases of healing.

In the cleansing phase, it promotes the cleansing processes, facilitates surgical treatment with no damage to cells and prevents the inactivation of immune cells . In the granulation or proliferative phase, it promotes cell growth and division and the formation of granulation tissue. In the epithelisation phase, it promotes epithelial cell division and proliferation

The moist wound healing method was already known to old Sumerians and Egyptians. Both the Greeks and Romans used honey as the principal component of their healing balms, which apart from other effects, maintained a moist environment within the wound. Many years later, this method was replaced by the use of dry, sterile mull that had excellent absorptive properties but led to the severe desiccation of wounds. In the 1960s, it was finally demonstrated that wounds treated in a moist environment have up to a 40% shorter period of healing compared to dry dressings. Nonetheless, it took another 30 years for the method of moist healing to be introduced into wider medical practice

Advantages of the moist wound healing method:

  • More effective and thus time-saving treatment
  • Less frequent changes of dressings
  • Shorter healing and hospitalisation
  • Less painful
  • Limited risk of recurrence
  • Less complications (e.g. limb amputation)
  • Decreased final costs

The success of this treatment is thus directly dependent on the sufficient moistening of the wound. If the wound dries, cells die and new necrosis (dead tissue) forms, which may lead to a deepening of the wound. Therefore, modern materials used to treat wounds are adapted so that they duly maintain a moist environment. An example of such material is HemaGel – a patented hydrophilic gel that forms a stable environment over the wound, retains moistness, positively affects pH and protects the affected site from contamination.

Applying HemaGel

As HemaGel may be used to treat a wide range of wounds that vary in their extent, severity and causes, the correct application of HemaGel or frequency of dressing changes may differ.

How to treat a chronic wound How to treat a acute wound

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The results of clinical tests and studies have confirmed that HemaGel is a highly effective hydrophilic gel patch suitable for a wide range of skin wounds.

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How HemaGel works

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