Kendall Telfa Island AMD Antimicrobial Dressings treated with PHMB can be used as a primary dressing for lightly draining wounds or as a secondary dressing to eliminate bacterial growth within the gauze. PHMB has a broad range of effectiveness against gram positive and gram negative microorganisms including some multi-drug resistant strains such as MRSA.
How PHMB(Polyhexamethylene Biguanide) works in Telfa Island AMD dressing:
- PHMB binds to bacteria’s phospholipid (outer) membrane
- Disrupts membrane, causing cytoplasm to leak out
- Cell’s protective layer disintegrates
- Cell collapses and dies
PHMB is effective against the following bacteria:
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Vanocomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE)
- Acinetobacter Baumannii (MDRAB)
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Staphylococcus epidermitis
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Escherichia coli
- Candida albicans
- Staphylococcus coagulase
- Proteus mirabilis
- Serratia marcescens
- Enterbacter cloacae
- Klebsiella pneumoniae
- Enterococcus faecalis
Additional Information Provided by the Manufacturer:
| Contain PHMB (Polyhexamethylene Biguanide) || Highly effective against most organisms. Limits cross-contamination from patient to patient, patient to clinician, and patient to the environment|
| Resists bacterial colonization within the dressing|| Helps prevent infections from growing and spreading in the dressing|
| Offers the most comprehensive range of sizes and offerings ||Can address most of the wound care and post surgical applications |
| Reduce bacterial penetration through the dressing|| Helps minimize infection exposure from strike-through|
| Broad-spectrum effectiveness provides protection against gram negative, gram positive and fungi/yeast microorganisms including MRSA and VRE|| Helps reduce the risk of hospital acquired infection |
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is PHMB?
PHMB stands for Polyhexamethylene Biguanide, which is a gentle yet efficacious antiseptic. It is in the chlorhexidine family but not as cytotoxic.
Is PHMB safe?
Yes, PHMB is commonly found in household cleaners and contact lens solutions.
Is there a risk for resistance with PHMB?
There is no known resistance to PHMB. In fact, similar antiseptics have been commonly used for years with no major resistance. PHMB annihilates the cell wall. This mode of action makes resistance highly unlikely.
Are Telfa™ AMD antimicrobial dressings with PHMB efficacious?
Telfa AMD antimicrobial dressings have been demonstrated effective against: VRE, MRSA, Acintobacter Baumannii, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterbacter cloacae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Serratia marcesens, and Staphylococcus coagulase.
Why use a Telfa AMD antimicrobial dressing?
Telfa™ AMD antimicrobial dressings resist bacterial colonization, reduce bacterial penetration.
Dakin's Solution™ cleanser may inactivate PHMB. This will impact dressing efficacy but should not be dangerous to patient health.
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