HARTMANN expands wound care portfolio with silicone bordered foam dressing
February 21, 2017, Rock Hill, SC – HARTMANN, a leading provider of wound care, compression and adult incontinence solutions, today announced the launch of PROXIMEL™, a five-layer silicone bordered foam dressing designed to promote a moist healing environment, manage wound exudate, enhance patient comfort and reduce the risk of pressure ulcers. PROXIMEL offers clinicians a new range of silicone bordered foam dressings to assist with the treatment of pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and chronic wounds.
“The launch of Proximel reinforces our continued commitment in the U.S. market by investing and expanding our product assortment in wound care,” said Mark Lacerte, president and managing director of HARTMANN USA. “Proximel complements our strong wound care portfolio and builds on HARTMANN’s 200-year legacy of patient treatment and wound healing,” said Lacerte.
Proximel’s unique five-layer design absorbs exudate exceptionally well, maintaining a moist healing environment and enhancing patient comfort. Soft and gentle to the skin, Proximel can be lifted or changed without causing additional pain or stripping of epidermal cells. To ensure the dressing can be confidently lifted or repositioned without leakage or loosening, Proximel re-adheres without losing stickiness or damaging surrounding skin. While Proximel’s silicone contact layer and nonwoven layer work together to distribute wound exudate and spread fluids to a wide surface, the waterproof barrier helps prevent leakage and seal out bacteria.
Proximel is expected to perform particularly well in the area of pressure ulcer prevention.
Affecting more than 2.5 million patients annually, pressure ulcers remain a significant challenge in today’s healthcare environment. Each year, an estimated 65,000 patients die from complications associated with pressure ulcers.1 Evidence continues to mount, however, that using five-layer silicone bordered dressings can reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers when combined with current pressure ulcer prevention practices.2
 Strategies for Preventing Pressure Ulcers, Joint Commission Perspective on Patient Safety, Volume 8, Number 1, January 2008, pp 5-7
 Black J. Clark M, Dealey C, Brindle CT, Alves P, Santamaria N, Call E. Dressings as an adjunct to pressure ulcer prevention: consensus panel recommendations. Int Wound J 2014; doi; 10.1111/iwj.12197