A clinical study of 96 patients compared a new hydrocolloid dressing (Granuflex Extra Thin) with a non-adherent dressing (perforated film absorbent dressing) in the management of lacerations, abrasions and minor operation incisions at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department of the University College Hospital, Galway. While time to heal was similar for both groups, the patients using Granuflex Extra Thin experienced less pain (P < 0.001), required less analgesia (P = 0.0154) and were able to carry out their normal daily activities including bathing or showering without affecting the dressing or the wound. Patient satisfaction with the new dressing appeared to be very high especially in those patients who pursued an active lifestyle.
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