Cerdak can be applied to a variety of wounds - click on the picture for more detail about the application.








 


Application

Treatment of chronic wounds

Treatment of acute wounds

  • Clean the wound with saline solution (or 1 teaspoon salt dissolved in 500ml water, boiled and cooled down)
  • Dead tissue must be removed (debrided) by a health professional before applying Cerdak
  • Apply the Cerdak dressing, big enough to cover the entire wound
  • The shiny (non-stick) side of the sachet must be against (in direct contact with) the wound
  • Replace the dressing when 50-70% discoloration is visible (ceramic becomes saturated)
  • Frequency of dressing changes will be determined by the amount of moisture produced by the wound
  • Generally no cleansing of the wound necessary when changing the dressing

A chronic (non/slow healing) wound becomes stuck in the inflammation phase with high protease activity, a breakdown of collagen, high levels of inflammatory mediators and low levels of growth factors present in the wound moisture. Wound become chronic due to conditions like insufficient oxygen and blood supply or poor pressure management (e.g. diabetic wounds, venous and arterial ulcers and pressure ulcers).

It is possible for Cerdak, when used on a chronic wound, to stimulate the healing process by locking away old wound moisture containing broken down products, thus controlling inflammation and allowing the presence of fresh healing elements. 

An added benefit of Cerdak is its ability to allow atmospheric oxygen to penetrate the wound through the open spaces between the ceramic granules.

Please note that the patient with a chronic wound still needs treatment for underlying conditions like diabetes or poor pressure management.

The effect of using Cerdak on acute wounds:

  • Less inflammation by locking away excess inflammatory mediators
  • Production of good quality granulation tissue
  • Prevention of infection by removal of colony forming bacteria on the wound bed
  • Less scarring by promotion of orderly healing versus scar formation and contraction

Wounds like burn wounds and superficial grazes can stick to any dressing. In these cases a layer of silicone net or paraffin gauze can be used as interface between Cerdak and the wound surface.