January 24, 2006

Adhesive Film Reduces Size and Pain of Burns

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Repeated applications of a hydrogel adhesive film on burns reduces pain and promotes healing with minimal scarring, according to a new study.

BurnShield, produced by Levtrade, is a transparent adhesive containing a film that allows water to exit, but not enter, the wound. The film is also impermeable to bacteria.

A report by Enzo Osti of the San Dona di Piave of Venice, Italy, published in the Archives of Surgery, shows that the BurnShield hydrogel results in good pain control and healing in a 2-year follow-up study involving 44 burn patients.

BurnShield was applied to burns, ranging from first to third degree in severity, in all patients as a first treatment. The film was reapplied every 24 to 48 hours until healing occurred, which usually took about 17 days.

Of the 44 patients in the study, 19 received one BurnShield application, eight received two applications, five received three, six received four, and the remainder of patients received between 5 and 15 applications.

Average time to pain relief after BurnShield application was 2.3 minutes.

Just 5 percent of patients developed scars. Osti points out that scarring typically occurs in 45 to 70 percent of burn cases.

The researcher attributes the significant reduction in scarring to the lowering in burn zone temperature and reduced softening of the wound tissue with the hydrogel adhesive.

SOURCE: Archives of Surgery, January 2006.