Pushing the boundaries: The effect of a superabsorber when used in conjunction with a four-layer compression system

  • Febe A Bruwer


Objectives: The aim of this study was to measure the interface pressure of a super-absorber (Cutimed Sorbion™, BSN) used in conjunction with a multilayer compression bandage (Jobst Comprifore™, BSN) to establish if an increase in interface pressure has a detrimental effect on wound healing.

Methods: Interface pressure was measured on the distal leg of 20 volunteers, with the superabsorber and with a multilayer compression bandage.

Results: A mean increase of 5,3 mmHg in interface pressure from day 0 to day 7. With all the patients the interface pressure remained within a range of 40 mmHg to 60 mmHg.

Conclusions: Although interface pressure increased, there was a noticeable decrease in leg circumference and reduction in oedema, as well as a decrease in wound size.

Author Biography

Febe A Bruwer
Nurse Specialist: Wound Care South Africa
Wound care/Stoma care