Bioactive Microfibre Gelling (BMG) Technology to Support Patient Self Care.  A Case Study.

Introduction

Self-care is the ability of individuals to care for themselves, allowing them to take an active role to achieve, maintain or optimise their health and wellbeing. It refers to the collaborative partnership between clinicians and patients to support individuals to manage their ongoing health conditions themselves (Blackburn et al, 2021; Martínez et al, 2021).

Method

Our skin integrity team strives to support patient self-care and sought dressing options to enable this. We present a case study of a Bioactive Microfibre Gelling (BMG™) technology dressing for a 23-year-old female with pilonidal sinus of 5 years duration with episodes of healing, and then non healing, alongside 4 surgeries over 5 years.

Results

The BMG dressing’s haemostatic properties facilitated the opportunity for optimisation of wound healing by facilitating rapid haemostasis.

Medical images depict increased granulation and epithelisation from 10.07.23 to 21.09.23 with complete healing by 31.10.23.

The dressing managed fluctuating levels of exudate extremely well with no periwound maceration. Further future surgical intervention avoided. The patient was able to manage the dressing changes herself.

Case Study

23-year-old female, presented with a malodourous, non-healing pilonidal sinus of 5-year duration, present since the patient was 17 years old. 

On initial assessment of the wound, it was critically colonised, bleeding easily. Wound bed pale and devitalised. High exudate levels. Measuring 50mm(l) x 50mm(d)

Upon final assessment, wound was fully closed with healthy periwound skin. 

 

MaxioCel’s haemostatic properties facilitated the opportunity for optimisation of wound healing by facilitating rapid haemostasis.


Conclusion

This case study demonstrates improved quality of life in this patient centred approach with patient engagement in both the evaluation and dressing decision-making process.

Further patients have been identified to continue this approach, with consideration being given to now include the MaxioCel for specialist inclusion within our wound care formulary.

To see the full poster, presented at EWMA Conference 2024, London, including more details on the case study highlighted, download below.

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References 

References: Blackburn J, Ousey K, Parfitt G (2021) Exploring concepts and current evidence of shared and self-care in the management of lower limb wounds. Wounds UK 17(4): 36-44, Martínez N, Connelly CD, Pérez A, Calero P (2021) Self-care: A concept analysis. Int J Nurs Sci 8(4): 418-25