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Category: Infection Control
Product description and innovation synopsis:
Bactisure Wound Lavage is an aqueous solution for irrigation and debridement of wounds. The solution is a clear, colorless, low-odor aqueous solution that is used to remove debris, including microorganisms, from wounds through the use of pulsed (jet) lavage.
What sets this product apart from others available in the industry?
Irrigation and debridement are considered essential components of wound management and infection control. Bactisure Wound Lavage can enhance these standard wound care practices when used as an adjunct to normal saline wound lavage. Bactisure combined with pulsed lavage is better at reducing common bacteria compared to saline combined with pulsed lavage.
How does this product benefit the surgical team and aid in better outcomes?
Biofilms are made up of bacteria that produce an Extracellular Polymeric Substance (EPS) to shield themselves from both mechanical and chemical attack. EPS shielded bacteria in a biofilm can be 1000x more resistant to antibiotics than planktonic bacteria, which can be periodically released from these biofilms and have been linked to chronic relapsing infections. Bactisure Wound Lavage deconstructs the EPS matrix and solubilizes biofilms for easy removal via pulsed lavage. Bacteria are now exposed and subject to lavage removal or inactivation via traditional antibiotics and the body’s normal defense mechanisms.