Wound care products to fight even the most resistant super-bugs

 

After the discovery of antibiotics, people lived longer and bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites were no longer life-threatening. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently listed at least 12 antimicrobial resistance (AMR) bacteria, which pose a great risk to surgery and post-surgery care due to over prescribing of antibiotics.

These super-bugs are basic bacteria or viruses that evolved when they were exposed to antibiotics. Instead of dying, these microorganisms became immune to the antibiotics. WHO notes on its website: “Without effective antibiotics, the success of major surgery and cancer chemotherapy would be compromised.”

WHO estimates that up to 359 million surgeries were performed globally in 2012 alone. It is estimated that post-operative wound infections comprise 14 to 16 percent of all hospital infections. In developing countries, like South Africa, five to ten percent of surgery patients die. About 70 percent of these deaths are caused by wound infection. To combat the threat of AMR bacteria, an alternative wound-care product is needed.

Focus Products now offers its clients Vita Vallis. This wound dressing is a safe alternative to antibiotic-based wound dressings. It is highly absorbent and has a healing quality. Vita Vallis has a non-specific antiseptic action, which means it is ideal for patients who are intolerant to antibiotics. The dressing draws the infection to the surface, which lessens pain and cleans the wound before a scab is formed.

It eliminates itching and wound odour. It can also be used for burn wounds. Depending on the state of the wound, the dressing can be left in place for up to seven days. It cannot, however, be used with any ointments. Vita Vallis is supplied to selected pharmacies by Focus Products.

It is available at Ackermans Pharmacy, Primrose, (health@ackmain.co.za or 011 828 9000), Springbok Pharmacy (dispensary@springbokpharmacy.co.za or 011 861 6666) and Thusanang Enabling Support (sandra@te-ss.co.za or 011 453 0480). Or contact Pam Cohen at Focus Product on 082 784 1706 for more information.

 

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