The proven science behind MaxioCel

Chitosan is derived from chitin – the most abundantly available natural polymer after cellulose. Chitosan has several healing properties that aid wound healing:

  • haemostasis
  • anti-microbial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • non-cytotoxic

MaxioCel is made from 100% grade A chitosan, extracted from shellfish, the highest quality available. 

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Technology that transforms your approach to wound healing

Utilising the proven properties of chitosan, and enhanced by Bioactive Microfibre Gelling (BMG) technology, MaxioCel activates wound healing and improves patient comfort. It’s a powerfully simple solution to your wound healing challenges – in one simple solution.

  • A versatile dressing for use on moist wounds
  • Retains exudate and protects peri-wound skin
  • One piece removal
  • Antimicrobial and antibiofilm action
  • Activates healing
  • Improves patient comfort.

Antimicrobial + anti-biofilm action

MaxioCel’s positively charged chitosan fibres attract, disrupt, and kill bacteria within the dressing – reducing bacterial load which is a barrier to healing.

Biofilms can adhere to the gel matrix, when the dressing is changed, the biofilm is removed.

Bacterial log reduction of MaxioCel

Activates healing

MaxioCel’s positively charged fibres attract blood cells and other beneficial cells to activate haemostasis.

It also aids autolytic debridement, helping to remove slough and necrotic tissue and accelerating granulation and re-epithelialisation.

In a 4-week evaluation, MaxioCel significantly increased healing rate, decreased slough and necrosis, and increased granulation and epithelialisation.

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Improves patient comfort

MaxioCel’s Bioactive Microfibre Gelling Technology transforms into a soothing gel matrix that works to reduce inflammation, protect peri-wound skin, and activate healing– improving patient comfort and experience.

It’s a difference that you can see and that your patients will feel.

In a 4-week evaluation, patients using MaxioCel reported a significant reduction in pain perception.

Graph demonstrating significant reduction in pain perception when using MaxioCel

Streamlines dressing selection

MaxioCel can be used first line on a wide variety of wound types – streamlining dressing selection and usage. Simple to use, non-cytotoxic and comfortable for your patient.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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®.

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