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New Hartmann HydroTac® Accelerates Final Stage of Wound Closure

HydroTherapy healing concept boosts natural skin cell repair in wounds; quickens wound healing among patients

An open wound can close the world around you. The longer a wound remains open, the harder it is to treat. This can lead to a greater risk of re-infection [1] and higher treatment costs for the patient and healthcare provider. The key to proper wound healing is ensuring skin cells have just the right amount of moisture to move faster and jumpstart the mending process. This is known as epithelialization.

Clinicians now have the option to influence and speed wound healing in patients.

HydroTac®, HARTMANN’s latest HydroTherapy offering in its wound management portfolio, goes one steep further to speed epithelialization[2,3]. HydroTac technology is nearly 25 percent faster than silicon materials in facilitating wound healing[4].

“We try to answer the question, can we enhance the body’s own healing potential?” said HARTMANN Global Medical Director Dr. Hans Smola. “In particular, what can we do beyond passive moisture absorption? Can we enhance the healing mechanism? Can we even boost endogenous growth factors?”

HydroTac®, an absorbing foam with HARTMANN’s AquaClear technology, contains hydrated polyurethanes that boost the concentration of growth factors and increase the activity of epithelial cells to stimulate the healing process[5,6]. This technology balances moisture levels in the wound bed unlike silicon alternatives that merely cover the wound.  The Hydrogel layer also acts to counteract adhesion in order to relieve pain for an atraumatic treatment [7].

HydroTac’s® thin, semi-permeable, water-resistant and flexible foam dressing is suitable for the treatment of light to medium exuding wounds during the granulation and epithelialization phases[8].

HydroTac® comfort is designed with hygiene in mind, is suitable for wear in the shower, and can be applied for up to several days without a dressing change [9]. With an adhesive border, it does not require any additional fixation to secure placement.

HydroTac® multimedia resources:
HydroTac® & HydroTac comfort
Image: HydroTac® process of wound care 
Video: Wound Management

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[1]. A. Rook, D.S. Wilkinson, et.al, 1986, Textbook of Dermatology - 4th edition. I Dermatology, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 750.

[2]. Smola H. Stimulation of epithelial migration – novel material based approaches. Oral presentation presented at: EWMA Meeting; 2015; London.

[3]. „Hydrrated polyurethanee polymers to increase growth factor bioavailability in wound healing.“; Smola H., Maier G., Junginger M., Kettel K., Smola S.; presented at the EORS Congress, 2014, Nantes

[4]. Data on file: in-vivo study, 2015, H. Smola

[5]. „Hydrated polyurethane polymers increase hepatocyte growth factor bioavailability – implications for wound healing“; Smola H., Maier G., Junginger M., Kettel K., Smola S.;J Invest Dermatol. 2014 134:S100

[6]. „Hydrated polyurethanes selectively concentrate growth factors from complex biological fluids: implications for epithelial wound closure.“; Smola H., Maier G., Junginger M., Kettel K., Smola S.; Wound Rep Reg 2014 22:A97

[7]. Verification Testreport; Maier Greta, Junginger Martin; July 2015, Test report NMI Project No.52817, Test Adherence to the Wound; NMI; 20.08.2015

[8]. „Biometrischer Bericht HydroTac (comfort)“; (“;Biometric report HydroTac (comfort)“); Zöllner et al.; 06.06.2010.“Observational study - Ideal wound environment during granulation and epithelization achieved with HydroTac”; Zöllner Petra; 2010

[9]. “Observational study - Ideal wound environment during granulation and epithelization achieved with HydroTac”; Zöllner Petra; 2010