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Elastic superabsorber for wound dressings

Range of nonwoven components on show at Compamed 2022

28th October 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Weinheim, Germany


Freudenberg Performance Materials has is launching an elastic flexible superabsorber for wound dressings which increases the comfort level for patients as well as enabling longer wear time, reducing the frequency of dressing changes.

The company is debuting the product at this year’s Compamed exhibition in Düsseldorf from November 14-17, along with components for more sustainable wound care, PU foams with directly applied silicone adhesives and a hydrophilic debridement foam.

Freudenberg uses a new technology to manufacture the elastic superabsorbers. Unlike other methods, it does not perforate or slit the material, achieving a high degree of consistent elasticity. Furthermore, the technology bonds the superabsorbent fibres more uniformly with the material, enhancing the integrity of the wound dressing.

“Our new elastic superabsorbers demonstrate yet again how Freudenberg components help increase comfort for patients, reduce the workload for nursing staff and lower healthcare costs,” said Dr Henk Randau, SVP and general manager of the company’s global Healthcare division.

Freudenberg is also presenting the M 1714 wound pad component which consists of bio-based fibres and exhibits a smooth wound contact layer. M 1714 has been evaluated for industrial compostability and conforms to ISO 13432. This enables certification of the product’s biodegradability.

With the company’s silicone coated foams, manufacturers can reduce the number of process steps, avoiding waste, saving energy and simplifying the supply chain. Compared with conventional foam dressings, the product also offers higher flexibility for optimal wound bed contouring and reduces the risk of infection by preventing exudate pooling. Freudenberg is showcasing the prototype of a dressing with a silicone adhesive border which enables longer wear time.

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