Water is preferable for wound cleaning… but – Why can hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) be useful in some cases?

It is to be recognised that some wounds have a contusion zone consisting of tissue balancing on the edge between being viable (being able to live) and unviable and therefore destined to die off sooner or later. It is preferable to get rid of the unviable tissue as early in the wound healing process as possible as…

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Why may some ulcers need more applications of MPPT than wounds?

Diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers originate as secondary symptoms of a primary disease process that affects the entire body, i.e. diabetes and cardiovascular disease, respectively. Among the symptoms of both diseases are ulcers, and in particular diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers. Both types of ulcers are caused by internal disease processes in the…

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Does the wound heal quicker if I continue applying MPPT after the infection is gone?

No, MPPT is for use during the inflammatory wound healing phase. Once the wound is clean, free of infection and exhibiting new granulation tissue as buds or healthy-red looking connective tissue and / or epithelial tissue, it has exited the inflammatory phase and entered the proliferative healing phase. In the proliferative phase, the healing usually proceeds unhindered…

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Why should Chlorhexidine not be used before the application of MPPT?

Chlorhexidine binds strongly to the skin and tissues. Chlorhexidine is cytotoxic to fibroblasts which are the creators of the connective tissue essential to wound healing. It is toxic to human tissue cells at the same concentrations it is toxic to bacteria. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3238890 Chlorhexidine’s activity lasts at least 48 hours but substantially longer periods (4 weeks) have been…

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Can MPPT be used under compression therapy?

MPPT works by absorbing the exudate, pumping it to the enlarged surface of the MPPT layer from where it evaporates. Compression therapy normally involves covering the wound with some type of occlusive material. This will interfere with the evaporation facilitated by MPPT and, therefore it would be preferable if the compression therapy could be interrupted for a…

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Can I apply a protective dressing on top of MPPT?

MPPT works by absorbing the exudate, pumping it to the enlarged surface of the MPPT layer from where it evaporates. Occlusive dressings interfere with the evaporation and are, consequently, not advised. Protective bandaging is usually occlusive and, therefore, not recommended. If protective padding is absolutely necessary, a plain, standard absorbent, foam dressing, e.g. Allevyn Non-Adhesive, without any…

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How should I store MPPT?

MPPT should be stored refrigerated between 2 and 10 degrees C. MPPt can comfortably be handled at room temperature. However, it is important to shield it from direct heat sources. Examples are direct sunlight, radiators, window sills, pockets near to the body etc.

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