WHAT IS ALTRAZEAL?
A Scientifically Engineered Dressing That Fits
Mechanism of Action: Transforming Powder
Altrazeal® is a patented powder dressing specially engineered to cover and protect the wound and to provide an ideal moist wound healing environment that supports cellular function and tissue repair. Its non-resorbable, sterile granules aggregate when hydrated with saline to form a moist, flexible, oxygen permeable film that fits and seals the wound.
The skin-like barrier serves many functions that promote healthy granulation tissue growth:
seals and protects the entire wound surface
allows oxygen transportation
manages exudate through vapor transpiration
prevents penetration of exogenous bacteria
Altrazeal® enables extended wear time, allowing the wound to heal without disturbing the wound bed with frequent dressing changes.
Application / Removal Guide: Low to Moderately Exuding Wounds
USES OF ALTRAZEAL
Altrazeal works best on clean wounds with mild to moderate exudation.
Operative Incisions / Wounds*
Skin Graft Donor and Recipient Sites
First and Second Degree Burns
Trauma Wounds / Lacerations / Skin Tears
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Venous and other Leg Ulcers
*Indicated for use as a primary dressing only and not a replacement for sutures
BENEFITS OF ALTRAZEAL
Altrazeal has been designed to deliver a unique blend of properties that optimize the wound bed environment to promote superior healing:
* Thanh Dinh, Hau Pham, Aristidis Veves, Emerging Trends in Diabetic Wound Care, Wounds Feb 10, 2002
** Ojan Assadian, Brett Arnoldo, Gary Purdue, Agnes Burris, Edda Skrinjar, Nikolaus Duschek, David J Leaper, A prospective, randomised study of a novel transforming methacrylate dressing compared with a silver-containing sodium carboxymethylcellulose dressing on partial-thickness skin graft donor sites in burn patients, International Wound Journal 2013
Efficiency and Outcomes: Transforming Expectations
Healthcare professionals are achieving remarkable results with Altrazeal.
Their patients appreciate its added comfort, reduced pain, extended wear time and ease of application, which in most cases does not require bulky secondary dressings and can be easily removed from the wound..
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Why is Altrazeal® a powder? I have never used or heard of a powder dressing before?
Altrazeal® is composed of powder particles that are the result of rigorous research and development where the product has been engineered to provide transformational wound-healing benefits. This precise scale and proportion is designed to provide optimal oxygen and moisture vapor transpiration, as well as to create a flexible matrix that fits and seals the wound bed to create a barrier to exogenous microorganisms.
What should I do if a uniform moist wound dressing has not formed after the first few minutes after application of Altrazeal® powder?
Gently mist or drip sterile normal saline or equivalent over the surface of the Altrazeal® powder. Mist the saline solution at about 6 inches from the surface or drip saline near the wound edge and allow droplets to settle into the powder.
How is Altrazeal® supplied?
Altrazeal® is supplied as a sterile, white powder in a single-use, sterile blister pack. Each blister contains 0.75 grams of powder and will cover approximately a 10 cm x 10 cm area. Altrazeal® blisters are sold in boxes, each containing five blisters. To order Altrazeal please contact us by clicking here.
How much exudate can the dressing absorb?
Altrazeal® absorbs ~68% water of its hydrated mass.
Can Altrazeal® be used on an infected wound?
Altrazeal® is most effective when used on mild to moderately exuding, non-infected wounds. Altrazeal® can be used on wounds with infection only under medical supervision with appropriate therapy and frequent monitoring. While Altrazeal® provides no antimicrobial activity to prevent infection, Altrazeal® does provide a protective barrier that prevents entry of microorganisms. Best practices for the preparation of infected wounds, including debridement, should be performed before Altrazeal® is applied. Health care professionals should always follow their institution’s protocols.
How is Altrazeal® removed?
Thoroughly saturate the dressing with sterile normal saline or equivalent until softened and remove with forceps or a similar instrument.
Does new tissue “tear-off” with the removal of Altrazeal®?
Altrazeal® is non-resorbable and does not contain any secondary or peripheral adhesives. To remove the dressing, simply saturate the dressing with saline and remove with a pair of forceps.
Is a secondary dressing required over Altrazeal®? What is the best secondary dressing to be used over Altrazeal® when deemed necessary?
Altrazeal does not require a secondary dressing unless determined to be necessary. Petroleum-based dressings and occlusive or surface contact adhesives should be avoided. Dressings with a moisture-vapour transmission rate of less than 800g/m2/24h may alter the function of Altrazeal®. Altrazeal® must be able to transport collected fluids from the wound bed to the dressing surface. A low-MVTR dressing might result in accumulation of moisture and possibly maceration of the surrounding skin fringes. The secondary dressing should not accelerate the moisture transpiration rate but only act as a sponge for excess exudate, so avoid super absorbent polymers (SAPs).
What is the best way to dress donor site wounds?
If a patient has normal coagulation, a film dressing with high MVTR and no absorbing pad is an appropriate secondary dressing. If the patient is on anticoagulants, use a film dressing with pad.
Can Altrazeal® be applied with an oil-based product present?
No. Oil-based products, particularly ointments and salves, will prevent optimal hydration and aggregation at the wound surface.
What are the best wounds for Altrazeal® to be used on?
Clean, surgical, acute or chronic wounds with mild to moderate exudation. Altrazeal® is contraindicated in wounds with no exudate.
Can patients shower while Altrazeal® dressing is in place?
Yes, but patients should be advised to take special care to avoid soaking the dressing. Patients should not allow the dressing to be immersed underwater for any amount of time.
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