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Pain management 'more successful when treating with gauze'

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Patients experience less pain from negative pressure wound therapy using gauze than foam, according to Italian researchers.

They surveyed 13 gauze-treated patients with 18 foam-treated patients on pain levels during dressing change.

The average score for the foam was 6.5 and 4.15 for the gauze.

The authors suggest the finding is “related to the more adhesive property of the foam probably because of the ingrowth of the granulation tissue in the micropores present on the foam”.

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