NovaGran

FAQs

Who can I contact if I have questions about NovaGran Wound Care Products?

You can contact Customer Service at 88-980-9702. Our clinical team is happy to answer any questions you have.

Where can I purchase NovaGran Wound Care Products?

NovaGran Wound Care Products are available for all healthcare facilities through distribution. Patients can purchase NovaGran Wound Care Products through Reidy Medical via phone or online order at www.reidydirect.com

What is the shelf life of Zorflex?

60 months (5 years) unopened

Why do I need a cover dressing and what should I use?

Zorflex is a microporous contact dressing, designed to be in direct contact with the wound. A cover dressing is needed to absorb wound exudate and hold the Zorflex dressing in place. Any absorptive dressing such as foams, gauzes or hydroconductive dressings are appropriate to use as a cover dressing with Zorflex. Cover dressings may be changed between dressing changes as needed. However, caution should be used when choosing a cover dressing to ensure that fluid coming in contact with the periwound area is appropriately managed.

Can and should Zorflex be cut to the size of the wound bed?

Zorflex can be cut, torn or folded to the size of the wound bed, but it is not necessary as Zorflex will do no harm if it extends beyond the wound bed. In fact, Zorflex has been effective on moisture-related skin damage around the periwound area.

What sizes are available?

Zorflex is available in the following sizes: 2”x2”, 4”x4”, 4”x8”, and 6”x10”. Click here for more information on sizes available.

When should I change the Zorflex dressing?

Zorflex Dressing can be left on the wound for up to 7 days.

Can Zorflex be used with tunneling wounds?

YES

How long can I use Zorflex on a wound?

Zorflex should be used until healing is complete.

Is bacteria actually destroyed with Zorflex?

Yes, van der Waals forces draw bacteria up to the micropores of the carbon cloth. Electrostatic tension builds in the cell wall until it overcomes the tensile strength and the cell wall ruptures, destroying the bacteria. The bacteria remain adsorbed to the dressing.

What is adsorption?

Adsorption is key to the way Zorflex works! A simple analogy for adsorption is the way a magnet attracts and retains iron fillings on its surface. Absorption, meanwhile, describes what a sponge does with water. Adsorption “takes on” and absorption “takes in”. For more information, check out this issue of Zorflexions!

Is Zorflex effective in removing endotoxins?

YES. Endotoxins in the ruptured bacterium are drawn into the micropores, not dropped back into the wound.

Does Zorflex help with wound odor?

YES. Odor molecules get trapped inside the micropores and odor-causing microbes are destroyed.

Have any adverse reactions been noted?

NO

Does Zorflex have any contraindications?

NO

Do you have to moisten the Blue Plus Dressing before placing it in the wound?

No. Blue Plus is ready to be used right out of the package. Blue Plus takes very little time with application. Simple and ready to go.

How often should you change the Blue Plus Dressing?

The wear time of a wound care dressing should always be based on the clinical judgment and presentation of the wound, the level of exudate and presence of infection.

The recommended wear time for Blue Plus is up to 3 days.

Can you place Blue Plus under a compression bandage?

Yes. Blue Plus is effective under compression bandages as well.

Can the Silver in Blue Plus cause cytotoxicity?

No. Blue Plus has been tested by an independent lab and is not cytotoxic. The silver complex in Blue Plus is slowly released in proportion to the amount of exudate. Sodium (Na+) is required to release the silver ion (Ag+) from the dressing. Therefore, water and other non-sodium substances will not create an overdoes of silver to the area and Blue Plus can be used throughout the continuum of care.

Does Blue Plus change color?

No. The dressing does not change color and color is not released into the wound or skin. Methylene Blue and Gentian Violet and responsible for the bright blue color. With Blue Plus, these dyes are covalently bound to the foam dressing and will not leach into the wound bed.

Does the Blue Plus Dressing help with odor?

Yes. Blue Plus is effective in killing common odor forming bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. There is no smell associated with the interaction of exudate with Blue Plus, as seen with some hydrocolloid dressings.

How does Blue Plus relieve pain?

One of the main ingredients in Blue Plus is Gentian Violet. Gentian Violet has well known analgesic effects. Patients commonly report a reduction in pain 15-30 minutes after the dressing is applied.

Can Blue Plus be used with enzymatic debridement agents?

If an enzymatic debridement agent is called for, we recommend using it separately or in combination at the clinician’s discretion.

It should be noted that metals, such as silver, may decrease the effectiveness of collagenase, however a recent study suggests that ionic silver integrated into the polymer matrix (such as Blue Plus) has a mild impact on effectiveness.

What is the shelf life of NovaGran Antimicrobial Wound Solution?

NovaGran Antimicrobial Wound Solution has a shelf life of 12 months. Please refer to the expiration date on the bottle.

Is NovaGran Antimicrobial Wound Solution available Over The Counter (OTC)?

Yes, NovaGran Antimicrobial Wound Solution is available over-the-counter and does not require a doctor’s prescription.

Is NovaGran covered or reimbursed?

No, wound cleansers are not reimbursed or covered by insurance or Medicare.

Is NovaGran an antimicrobial solution?

Yes. NovaGran is a 510(k) cleared antimicrobial wound solution

How long can I use NovaGran Wound Solution?

Use NovaGran until the wound is closed. There is no duration limit.

How often can I use the product?

Use NovaGran Wound Solution on the wound as often as possible. NovaGran works quickly and is not time released; therefore, the more frequently it is applied the better.

Can I use various dressings with NovaGran HOCl?

Yes. NovaGran is compatible with all wound dressings. Prior to applying new dressing, dab out excess solution so the wound is not saturated.

Does NovaGran HOCl solution burn when applied?

No. NovaGran is non-sensitizing and should not cause any discomfort.

How much NovaGran should I use with each application?

NovaGran Antimicrobial Wound Solution has many applications and the amount of product used will vary. See below for general guidelines on how much product to use:

  1. At the beginning of a dressing change, moisten the old dressing to help remove it gently.
  2. For a thorough wound cleansing, spray generously and often to clear debris from wound bed.
  3. Before applying a fresh dressing, moisten the entire exposed area.

What wound types can I use the dressing on?

NovaGran Hydroconductive Dressings are perfect for wounds with moderate to heavy exudate which include burns, surgical (post-op and complex), venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, amputations, diabetic foot ulcers, cavities, and chronic hard to heal wounds.

Can the dressing be cut?

YES. The dressing can be cut to fit the size and shape of the wound.

Do I need a cover dressing on top?

YES. Any secondary dressing is appropriate to cover the Hydroconductive dressing.

How often should I change this dressing?

Change NovaGran Hydroconductive Dressing every 1-3 days, when strike through occurs, or at least every 7 days.

Can I add layers of the dressing for additional absorbency?

YES. For wounds with large amounts of exudate, layer the dressing appropriately and the wound fluid will continue to transfer through the various layers (vertically and horizontally) allowing more absorbency.

How does NovaGran Hydroconductive Dressing impact biofilm?

Wound exudate is rich in protein and other various nutrients that contribute to bacteria/biofilm. When exudate is removed aggressively and managed continually, bacteria/biofilm cannot survive. It is documented that suppressing wound biofilm does improve healing in chronic wounds.

How does NovaGran Hydroconductive Dressing decrease wound inflammation?

MMPs and cytokines are the main components contributing to wound inflammation. As wound fluid is drawn into the dressing, these components are drawn along as well, removing them from the wound and allowing inflammation to subside.

Is NovaGran Hydroconductive effective on slough?

Yes. The dressing’s hydroconductive mechanism helps to lift and loosen slough tissue, which is then easily removed during dressing changes.

How does NovaGran Silicone Dressing work?

NovaGran Silicone Dressing consists of 3-layers:

1. Soft silicone wound contact layer (tacky) that is conformable for intimate skin contact

2. Absorbent pad with 2 components:

a. A polyurethane foam

b. Layer of superabsorbent fibers which locks in wound fluid preventing leakage when pressure is applied

3. Waterproof yet vapor permeable outer film (gentle and conformable for fragile skin

As wound fluids are absorbed into the dressing, the silicone pad locks the fluid in preventing leakage and decreasing risk of peri wound maceration.

NovaGran Silicone Dressing stays in place due to its tacky pad and gentle adhesive border.

What wound types benefit most from NovaGran Silicone Foam Dressings?

  • Wounds with moderate to heavy drainage
  • Pressure ulcers, Arterial ulcers, Venous ulcers, Skin donor sites, Dep and superficial wounds, Diabetic ulcers, 2nd degree burns

What makes NovaGran Silicone Foam Dressings different than others?

  • We have a unique 3-leaf release system- for ease of application and removal
  • Apply by removing one leaf (tab) at a time to prevent the sides and corners from folding in

Why use NovaGran Silicone Foam Dressing?

  • Prevents maceration by pulling wound fluids up into the foam and locking fluid into dressing
  • Gentile adhesive border stays in place but easily removed
  • Tacky silicone pad allows for immediate placement and repositioning if necessary
  • Tacky silicone pad keeps dressing from moving off wound bed once it is in place

How often does the dressing need to be changed?

Can be left in place for up to 7 days.

Can Silicone Foam Dressing be used with HOCl solutions?

Yes, we recommend NovaGran Antibacterial HOCl Wound Cleanser (or NeutroPhase) be used with each dressing change.

Is NovaGran Silicone Dressing Waterproof?

Yes, even though the dressing has a vapor permeable outer film, it is waterproof and will protect from outside fluids entering the wound.

How is NovaGran CAD made?

NovaGran CAD’s are composed of fibers derived from seaweed which react with wound fluids (exudate) to form a gel.

How does NovaGran Calcium alginate work?

NovaGran Calcium Alginate Dressings are made from seaweed which are hi in calcium. When wound exudate, which contains a high level of sodium, comes in contact with the alginate an ion exchange takes place between the sodium and calcium forming a gel. In other words, when wound exudate is absorbed into the fibers of the dressing, a gel is formed.

How is NovaGran CAD different than others available on the market?

  • Wicks wound fluid vertically which eliminates maceration
  • Covered with scrim layer

What is a scrim layer?

A thin layer that holds the alginate dressing together in one piece for easy removal.

What are the benefits of using NovaGran CAD?

  • Creates moist environment for ideal wound healing environment
  • Longer wear time due to super absorbency
  • Scrim layer to keep dressing intact
  • Vertical wicking of wound fluid

How long can a NovaGran CAD be in worn?

Up to 7 days.

Which wounds benefit from use of NovaGran CAD?

  • For wounds with moderate to heavily exuding wounds
  • Pressure ulcers, Arterial ulcers, Venous lower leg ulcers, Diabetic ulcers, Post-op wounds

Is a secondary dressing necessary?

Yes, use a secondary dressing of choice (semi-occlusive).