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Proven Effectiveness for Tracheostomy Wound Healing

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital recently contributed a poster presentation at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology in Chicago, Illinois. The poster titled Enhanced Tracheostomy Wound Healing Using Maltodextrin and Silver Alginate Compounds in Pediatric Patients highlighted a study in which the combined use of DeRoyal's Multidex (hydrophilic maltodextrin gel) and DeRoyal's Algidex Ag+ Trach Dressing (silver alginate sponge) were used in the treatment of tracheostomy-related wounds.

The poster describes the fact that there are no standardized treatment protocols and that most tracheostomy wounds are typically treated only with gauze and antibiotic ointments or creams. Wound healing often requires extensive nursing time, often with significant morbidity, such as pain and discomfort. Furthermore, pediatric patients have the added complication of pressure and friction-related wounds secondary to the tracheostomy tube.

Nine subjects were identified between the ages of 4 months to 15 years and treated for an average of 14.1 days. Each of the patients' wounds achieved complete epithelialization, leading to the conclusion that the combined use of maltodextrin NF compound with a silver alginate sponge provided a highly effective treatment for tracheostomy wound healing. Furthermore, no adverse effects were identified indicating that both products are safe for use on the pediatric population.

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