Your nurse or doctor has chosen ActiFormCool® as a suitable covering (dressing) for your wound.
The dressing is made by Activa Healthcare, a double Queen’s Award winning company, trusted by healthcare professionals for its innovative and effective treatments.
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 wound covering.
Contact your nurse if the smell is distressing you.
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 there is a venous leg ulcer present, ActiFormCool® may be used under a compression bandage such as Actico® cohesive compression bandage.
For other wounds the nurse may use a retention 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. This is quite normal 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 by the dressing.
On rare occasions, ActiFormCool® may dry out and feel hard. Do not be alarmed as it is easily removed by soaking with water and it will return to its jelly state. Any dry ActiFormCool® should never be pulled off your skin, it should always be soaked with water 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.
ActiFormCool® should not be used as a covering on deep, narrow cavities or sinuses.
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.
ActiFormCool® should be changed as often as the wound/condition dictates.
As with all absorptive dressings, frequent monitoring is required to ensure the dressing does not dry out and adhere to the wound.
The dressing should be changed when it becomes cloudy or opaque from fluid absorption.
The dressing should be changed at the first sign of fluid strike through.
If infection is suspected, frequent changes and monitoring are advised.
1. Lift one corner and gently peel off the dressing.
2. If needed, the dressing can be soaked with water or saline to rehydrate it, then peeled 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.
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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