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A Randomized Comparison of Poly-hema and Hydrocolloid Dressings for Treatment of Pressure Sores

Meryl Brod, PhD; Terry F. Plasse, MD; David Fedorczyk, MS; J. Richard Trout, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(7):969-970. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670310133029.
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To the Editor.—  Pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers, are a major cause of morbidity in elderly patients with impaired mobility. Occlusive and semiocclusive dressings have been found to enhance healing.1 One of the most widely used of the latter is the hydrocolloid dressing (DuoDERM2, Conva-Tec Division, ER Squibb & Sons, Princeton, NJ). Polyhydroxyethyl methacrylate (poly-hema) dissolved in polyethylene glycol (Hydron Wound Dressing, Acme/Chaston Division, National Patient Development Corp, Dayville, Conn), initially used to treat burns3 has also been applied to treatment of decubiti.We compared the safety and efficacy of the two products on treatment of pressure sores in patients at an academic skilled nursing facility caring for an elderly population, the Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute, New Hyde Park, NY. Patients were eligible for the study if they had stage 2 (inflammatory reaction extending through the dermis) or stage 3 (ulceration extending into the subcutaneous fat) pressure


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