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The strength to lock exudate

Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology

Pooling of wound exudate can occur when exudate is not managed effectively or when the wound bed is not covered by an absorbent dressing, leading to an increased risk of bacterial growth and infection. Unmanaged exudate can also leak onto the wound edges and the periwound skin, which may cause maceration and delay wound healing.

 

HexaLock Technology gives Biatain Fiber the strength to manage exudate, reducing the risk of maceration and infection.

Absorbs and retains exudate

Locks in exudate
and bacteria

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One important function of a gelling fiber is its ability to retain exudate, ensuring that it does not leak back into the wound or on periwound skin.

The unique HexaLock Technology integrates the gelling fibers in a reinforced hexagon net, giving Biatain Fiber the strength to lock in exudate to reduce exudate pooling for optimal healing conditions. 

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Less shrinkage to minimise gap creation

Minimises shrinkage


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If a gelling fiber shrinks when absorbing exudate, gaps between the dressing and the wound bed create space for exudate pooling.

Upon contact with exudate Biatain Fiber conforms to the wound bed. Due to its HexaLock Technology the dressing maintains its shape, minimising the risk of gap creation and exudate pooling

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Easy one-piece removal

Cohesive gel


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Caring for wounds where gelling fibers are indicated is already a challenging and time-consuming process. This challenge increases if the wound dressing disintegrates, requiring a piece by piece removal and creates uncertainty if all residues have been removed.

Biatain Fiber forms a cohesive gel that ensures an easy one-piece removal with minimal risk of leaving residues in the wound.

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Biatain Fiber comes in squares and ribbon

How to apply and change Biatain Fiber

How to apply and change Biatain Fiber

Both variants of Biatain Fiber make the application and change easy for all highly exuding, sloughy and cavity wounds, including undermining.
The cohesive gel ensures easy one-piece removal with minimal risk of leaving residues in the wound.

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How to apply and change Biatain Fiber

Biatain Fiber is easy to apply and remove

Biatain Fiber helps you to take care of the wound as easily and effectively as possible. Easy, one-piece removal ensures 

reduced discomfort and pain for your patients. 

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The ideal solutions to reduce exudate pooling

In exuding wounds, a dressing must conform to the wound bed to reduce exudate pooling Wound exudate is an essential part of the healing pathway. 2 However, chronic wounds often produce large amounts of exudate which is a key challenge to wound healing.2To avoid exudate pooling, it is important to ensure close contact between the wound bed and the gelling fiber as well as between the gelling fiber and the secondary dressing. Biatain® Silicone with 3DFit Technology, allows for conformability, minimising risk of gap creation and thereby reducing exudate pooling for optimal healing conditions. Read more

Risk of infection

Conventional dressings can create further complications if they leave gaps above the wound bed. Gaps between the dressing and the wound bed create space for exudate pooling that promotes bacterial growth, leading to the risk of infection.2,3

Leaking and maceration

A conventional secondary dressing may leave a gap. In this gap, exudate can leak onto the wound edges and the periwound skin, which may cause maceration and delay wound healing.2

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Effective exudate control even under compression

Effective exudate control even under compression

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A gelling fiber must be able to lock in exudate effectively to support the wound healing and reduce the risk of exudate pooling, maceration and infection. The dressing must also keep the exudate locked in, even when used under compression.

Testing Biatain Fiber’s locking capacity in laboratory tests

To investigate a gelling fiber’s locking efficiency, you can test the absorption and retention capacity under pressure. In this test, a square variant of Biatain Fiber measuring 10 x 10 cm and weighing 2.2 grams was used. The dressing was placed in a demo tool dish where it absorbed 22 ml of liquid, equivalent to 10 times its own weight.

Absorption under pressure

The dressing was cut to match the shape of the silica filter. Both the dressing and filter were placed under a weight corresponding to 40 mm Hg, which is the common pressure used in a compression dressing.

Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology proved to retain the absorbed fluid perfectly, demonstrating the ability to lock in exudate effectively even under compression such as in such as in a venous leg ulcer.

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Biatain Fiber has been shown to form a cohesive gel, that ensures minimal risk of leaving residues in the wound

Biatain Fiber has been shown to form a cohesive gel, that ensures minimal risk of leaving residues in the wound

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Easy one-piece removal is vital in deep and exuding wounds to ensure the procedure consumes as little time as possible. It also allows the wound healing process to be undisturbed by any residues from the dressing.

 

The strength of Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology has been demonstrated after absorption of test fluid. Here a pre-cut Biatain Fiber could withstand a tension of 500 grams when wet, promoting easy removal with minimal risk of leaving any residues in the wound.

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Biatain Fiber can absorb and retain slough

Biatain Fiber can absorb and retain slough

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Besides effective control of exudate, a fiber dressing can also play an important role in supporting autolytic debridement. This depends on the dressing’s ability to absorb and retain slough with a higher viscosity than normal exudate.

Lock in slough

Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology has been tested in vitro to determine if it can lock in slough in the same way it locks in exudate with normal viscosity

In the test, a stable camera recording shows Biatain Fiber absorbing a thick blue liquid with the same viscosity as slough. While it takes slightly longer than normal exudate, it is just as effective in absorbing and retaining slough.

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Biatain Fiber is easy to apply

Biatain Fiber is easy to apply



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Biatain Fiber is an absorbent fiber dressing used to reduce exudate pooling in all exuding wounds, including highly exuding wounds, sloughy wounds, and cavity wounds, including undermining.

Two versions

Biatain Fiber comes in two versions: a square variant in different sizes and a ribbon variant. Both variants can be handled in the same way.

How to open the package

Open the package with the text side facing upwards and along the turquoise line. Take the dressing out of the package using sterile gloves or sterilized tweezers.

Highly exuding wounds

Choose the size of Biatain Fiber that will cover the wound bed and edges. Cut to fit if necessary. In highly exuding and sloughy wounds, place Biatain Fiber in the wound and gently press to ensure close contact. The dressing will then conform to the wound bed and the wound edges.

Wounds with undermining

You can use the square or ribbon dressing variants for cavity wounds that include undermining. Gently fill the undermining without forcing the dressing tightly in. Apply more Biatain Fiber as needed to cover the wound bed. Make sure there are no gaps between the dressing and the wound bed. Press Biatain Fiber gently into place so that it conforms to the wound bed, as well as the wound edges.

Cover with a secondary dressing

Cover with a secondary dressing such as Biatain Silicone or compression dressing, depending on the wound condition and local practice

Up to 7 days wear time

Biatain Fiber can be left in the wound for up to seven days or until it has reached its maximum absorption capacity. When it is time for changing Biatain Fiber, start by removing the secondary dressing. Biatain Fiber can then be easily removed in one-piece thanks to the cohesive gel, with minimal risk of leaving residues in the wound. Easy one-piece removal ensures reduced discomfort and pain for your patients.

Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology.

The strength to lock in exudate.

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Developed to help control exudate in challenging wounds

Developed to help control exudate in challenging wounds


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Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology

  • The unique HexaLock Technology integrates the gelling fibers in a reinforced hexagon net giving Biatain Fiber the strength to lock in exudate
  • The BiCo fibers are welded together with the CMC gelling fibers for extra strength
  • The fibers are locked together by thermobonding
  • Finally the fiber dressing is reinforced with a unique hexagon net by ultrasonic embossment
  • The HexaLock Technology locks in exudate and bacteria, minimises shrinkage and forms a cohesive gel for one-piece removal
  • Biatain Fiber with HexaLock Technology
  • The strength to lock in exudate

 

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Reference list

See full list of references

1. Percival SL and Suleman L. Slough and biofilm: removal of barriers to wound healing by desloughing. Journal of wound care. Volume 24. 11. November 2015.

2. World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) Consensus Document. Wound exudate: effective assessment and management. Wounds International, 2019.

3. Dowsett C et al. Meeting report: The gap challenge in clinical practice – how do you manage it? Wounds International 2018;9(3): 60-65.

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