Frequently asked questions 

What is MaxioCel?

MaxioCel is a sterile, highly absorbent, chitosan gelling fibre primary dressing, which has antimicrobial properties and has been shown to increase patient comfort

Why MaxioCel?

MaxioCel utilises BMG technology to facilitate superior exudate management, whilst protecting the periwound area, improving patient comfort. MaxioCel is designed to create the optimal wound healing environment, aiding autolytic debridement, whilst encouraging granulation and epithelialization.

MaxioCel is effective against biofilm formation and aids in biofilm removal. Reduces a wide range of pathogens including, but not limited to: MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus.

What is BMG technology?

Q: What is BMG technology?

Bioactive Microfibre Gelling (BMG™) is a unique gelling fibre technology that utilises Chitosan to maintain a cohesive structure, providing:

• High wet tensile strength – dressing stays intact

• One piece removal

• Effective exudate management. Vertical wicking protects periwound skin

• Effective pathogen and biofilm control – positively charged fibres trap bacteria

• Protection of granulation tissue

Which wounds is MaxioCel indicated for use on?

MaxioCel is indicated for use in any moist wound including: pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, cavity wounds, venous, arterial and mixed aetiology leg ulcers, surgical site infections, donor sites and graft sites, surgical wounds (e.g. post-operative, wounds left to heal by secondary intent), skin abrasions and lacerations, superficial and partial thickness burns, fungating wounds, infected wounds or wounds in which there is an increased risk of infection.

How to apply MaxioCel?

Cleanse the wound in line with local protocols. Apply MaxioCel directly to the wound surface using an aseptic technique. Please refer to instructions for use for application guidelines.

What should be the frequency of dressing changes when using MaxioCel?

MaxioCel can remain in place for up to seven days, but frequency of dressing changes should be determined clinically by exudate levels. Change Maxiocel before it reaches maximum absorption capacity or when exudate can be seen up to 0.5cm from the margins. Exudate levels may increase in the first 7-14 days as MaxioCel stimulates the healing process. As exudate levels decrease, dressing changes may decrease accordingly.

Is a secondary dressing required after applying MaxioCel as a primary contact layer?

Yes. A secondary dressing should be selected according to wound exudate levels. If exudate levels are high, a superabsorbent dressing may be suitable, such as DryMax®.

How to remove MaxioCel

Because of the nature of BMG™ technology, MaxioCel should be removed in one piece. Irrigate the dressing with sterile saline if necessary. Please refer to instructions for use for application guidelines.

Can MaxioCel be folded / layered or cut as per requirement?

Yes, MaxioCel can be folded/layered or cut as required depending on the wound size, depth, and exudate levels. However, it is not necessary to cut MaxioCel to fit the wound. It is important to select a dressing that allows for a minimum of 0.5cm overlap onto the periwound skin.

Can MaxioCel be used more than once?

No, MaxioCel is for single use and single patient use only. Once opened, any unused dressing should be discarded.

How to remove MaxioCel

Because of the nature of BMG™ technology, MaxioCel should remove in one piece. Irrigate the dressing with sterile saline if necessary. Please refer to instructions for use for application guidelines.

What is MaxioCel made of?

MaxioCel is made from a naturally occurring polymer – Chitosan,which is derived from a bio-compatible polysaccharide called chitin extracted from a sustainable shellfish source. The Chitin is processed, removing all protein material, and purified prior to fabricating into a dressing, which is then sterilized using gamma irradiation.

Can MaxioCel cause allergic reaction?

There have been no known allergic reactions from the use of Chitosan-based dressings such as MaxioCel. The Chitosan used in MaxioCel does not contain any protein or antigenic components. Further, MaxioCel dressing has successfully passed all the biocompatibility tests. However, as a sensible precaution MaxioCel is contraindicated in patients with known allergies to shellfish.

What are the various sizes available in the MaxioCel dressing range?

MaxioCel is available in UK in the following sizes: 5x5cm, 10x10cm, 15x15cm, 2.5x30cm

Does MaxioCel conform to the wound bed?

Unlike other gelling fibres which can create dead spaces for bacterial growth, MaxioCel conforms intimately to the wound bed.

Can MaxioCel be used under compression?

Yes, MaxioCel is suitable for use under compression.

Is MaxioCel a haemostat?

MaxioCel is a mild haemostat and should be used to control only minor bleeding.

Is MaxioCel harmful to healthy skin cells?

No, MaxioCel is proven to be non-cytotoxic to skin (keratinocytes & fibroblasts).

Can MaxioCel be used on diabetic patients?

Yes, MaxioCel can be used on patients who are diabetic.

Does MaxioCel contain any preservatives?

No, MaxioCel is made of 100% grade A Chitosan which is a naturally occurring polymer.

Is MaxioCel effective against bacteria?

Yes, MaxioCel is effective against a wide range of common wound pathogens including, but not limited to: MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus. BMG™ technology in MaxioCel has an antimicrobial action and also helps to sequester bacteria with its electrostatically charged fibres. The antimicrobial effect from MaxioCel occurs within the structure of the dressing.

Can I use MaxioCel on a wound with a suspected biofilm?

Yes, MaxioCel will aid in the removal of a biofilm and has an antimicrobial action against bacteria that can cause a biofilm. It is recommended that normal wound debridement is performed and thorough cleansing of the wound before the application of MaxioCel.

How should Maxiocel be stored?

Please see the instructions for use. MaxioCel should be stored at room temperature (10-25°C), avoid direct sunlight, heat and moisture.

Does MaxioCel cause wound pain?

MaxioCel does not contribute to wound pain. In fact, MaxioCel has been shown to improve patient comfort.