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July 1990

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

Author Affiliations

Center for Aging Services Research Mt Zion Medical Center 2356 Sutter St PO Box 7921 San Francisco, CA 94120 Elizabeth McHenry, RN Nerken Center for Geriatric Research at the Pauker Jewish Geriatric Institute New Hyde Park, NY

National Patent Development Corp New Brunswick, NJ

Department of Statistics Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ

Arch Dermatol. 1990;126(7):969-970. doi:10.1001/archderm.1990.01670310133029

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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