What is ActiFormCool?
Who is ActiFormCool for?
How does ActiFormCool work?
ActiFormCool® has probably been selected by your nurse because your wound is painful. ActiFormCool® can help reduce this pain.
The nurse may also have chosen it because your wound is weeping. ActiFormCool® can absorb the fluid from your wound.
ActiFormCool® creates a suitable environment (warm and moist) to encourage your wound to heal.
ActiFormCool® will have a cooling effect on the skin when it is first applied. This will soothe the pain, especially if the skin or wound is hot and inflamed.
The pain relief continues whilst ActiFormCool® is in place by bathing the nerve endings in a moist environment.
The moist environment created by ActiFormCool® encourages the body to cleanse the dead tissue away from the wound. This leaves a clean wound, which is neccesary for it to heal.
Sometimes the dressing may start to smell, which is actually a good sign as it means the dressing is taking the germs out of the wound and into the ActiFormCool dressing.
Contact your nurse if the smell is distressing you as they will be able to help.
The ActiFormCool® can either be replaced with a new one, or a smell-absorbing covering can be placed over the existing ActiFormCool®.
ActiFormCool® is a sheet hydrogel wound dressing consisting largely of water held in a blue, plastic mesh to hold it together. It also contains a low sensitising preservative.
Depending on the size and state of the surrounding skin, ActiFormCool® may be cut to the size of your wound, or several sheets may be applied side by side to cover a larger area.
When ActiFormCool® is first applied, the nurse will check it frequently.
This may be daily or alternate days.
Once the treatment begins to work ActiFormCool® may remain in place for longer, depending on the progress of the condition and the other treatments being used.
This depends on your condition. If you have a venous leg ulcer, ActiFormCool® may be used under a compression bandage such as Actico® cohesive compression bandage.
For other wounds the nurse may use a bandage to keep it in place or, if waterproofing is required, an adhesive film dressing may be applied.
When ActiFormCool® takes in moisture it will become cloudy and it will swell like jelly.
It's meant to do this and will not be painful. The nurse will simply scoop the dressing off or wash it off with water.
ActiFormCool® may begin to feel heavy, which is simply the wound fluid being absorbed into the dressing.
On rare occasions, ActiFormCool® may dry out and feel hard. Your nurse will simply wet it again before peeling it off. Any dry ActiFormCool® should never be pulled off your skin. This could hurt so always wet it first.
If ActiFormCool® starts to leak or if you see blood coming from the wound, call your nurse immediately as the wound may now need a new type of dressing.
1. Remove sterile dressing from the package.
2. For treating larger areas several dressings may be used side by side. For smaller areas/wounds the dressing may be cut to size.
3. Peel off one half of the white plastic liners, position on the wound or skin, smooth into place and peel off the remaining half.
4. Secure with a suitable bandage, tape or compression system.
5. Where extra absorbency is required the dressing may be layered by removing the top liner of the first dressing and then applying a second dressing. Absorbent pads may be used.
1. Lift one corner and gently peel off the dressing.
2. If the dressing has dried out, soak with water or saline to rehydrate it, then peel off as per step 1.
3. As fluid is absorbed into the dressing it takes on a jelly like appearance, taking on the colour of the exudate. This is normal and shows absorption has occurred.
ActiFormCool® should not be used as a covering on deep, narrow cavities or sinuses.
This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a health care professional. Consumers should rely on the judgement of a health care professional for specific conditions.
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