Key Features of Urgotul Dressings
Urgotul belongs to a new class of non-adherent dressings: the lipidocolloid dressings. It is composed of an open weave polyester mesh impregnated with hydrocolloid polymers dispersed within petrolatum. The first clinical trial data are presented. Efficacy and safety were evaluated in a multicentre non-comparative trial involving 92 patients treated to healing or up to 4 weeks. Adult outpatients with acute wounds (n = 34), leg ulcers (n = 24), other chronic wounds (n = 14) or with second-degree burns (n = 20) were included. Results showed 32.4% (n = 11) of the acute wounds, 12.5% (n = 3) of the leg ulcers and 14.3% (n = 2) of the other chronic wounds completely healed before 4 weeks. Surface areas decreased on average by 76.4%, 63.5% and 44.2% at study endpoint respectively. For burns, 19 patients healed (95%) within 5-19 days. A total of 771 dressing changes were performed during the course of the study. Dressing application was considered as easy or very easy in 90% or more of the changes and there was no difficulty in removing the dressing in about 95% of the cases. Safety was good with five reports of a transitory local adverse event, probably dressing-related, being observed, two patients (2.2%) prematurely stopped treatment because of moderate periwound erythema. Urgotul is a highly promising new dressing which is currently undergoing further comparative clinical evaluation.