n Wound Healing Southern Africa - Pushing the boundaries : the effect of a superabsorber when used in conjunction with a four-layer compression system - wound care

Volume 11 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1998-8885
  • E-ISSN: 2076-8893


Objectives: The aim of this study was to measure the interface pressure of a super-absorber (Cutimed Sorbion™, BSN) used in conjunction with a multilayer compression bandage (Jobst Comprifore™, BSN) to establish if an increase in interface pressure has a detrimental effect on wound healing. 

Methods: Interface pressure was measured on the distal leg of 20 volunteers, with the superabsorber and with a multilayer compression bandage.

Results: A mean increase of 5,3 mmHg in interface pressure from day 0 to day 7. With all the patients the interface pressure remained within a range of 40 mmHg to 60 mmHg. 

Conclusions: Although interface pressure increased, there was a noticeable decrease in leg circumference and reduction in oedema, as well as a decrease in wound size.

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