A Comparison of Epi-Lock and Saline Dressings in the Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

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The use of Epi-Lock™ dressings was compared to moist saline dressings as a treatment for Stage II and III pressure ulcers in 38 patients. Demographic and clinical data were collected at the onset of the investigation. At the time of enrollment and during weeks six, 12 and 24, pressure ulcers were inspected and measured, and laboratory data were collected. More healing occurred with Epi-Lock dressing than with moist saline dressing for Stage II and III pressure ulcers. Although individual Epi-Lock dressings were more expensive than saline dressings, they required less dressing changes. Therefore considering cost of nursing time, Epi-Lock dressings are more cost effective.

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