The new ribbon dressings which are half the width of the currently available dressing, are designed specifically for use in excised abscesses and smaller wounds that tunnel below the wound surface.

Aquacel ribbon dressing has a gelling action of Hydrofiber Technology, proprietary to ConvaTec advanced dressings, which absorbs and locks in fluid, including harmful bacteria thereby making it ideal for the management of excised abscesses, tunneling or undermining wounds.

Aquacel Ag ribbon dressing also provides antimicrobial properties of ionic silver, which kills a broad range of pathogens in the dressing, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) as demonstrated in-vitro.

Children’s Hospital Division of Emergency Medicine in Boston assistant medical director Mark Waltzman said that it would be a very useful new tool to help treat patients better.

“The introduction of the new narrower Aquacel ribbon dressing allows us to effectively treat a greater number of smaller abscesses,” Waltzman said.