Freudenberg Performance Materials, based in Weinheim, Germany, has created an elastic flexible superabsorber for wound dressings that increases the comfort level for patients and enables longer wear time, reducing the frequency of dressing changes.
Freudenberg uses new technology to manufacture elastic superabsorbers. Unlike other methods, it does not perforate or slit the material, achieving a high degree of consistent elasticity. Furthermore, the technology bonds the superabsorbent fibers more uniformly with the material, enhancing the integrity of the wound dressing.
Compared with conventional foam dressings, the product also offers higher flexibility for optimal wound bed contouring and reduces the risk of infection by preventing the pooling of fluid that leaks out of blood vessels into nearby tissues.
“Our elastic superabsorbers help increase comfort for patients, reduce the workload for nursing staff and lower health-care costs,” says Dr. Henk Randau, SVP and general manager of the company’s global health care division.