Dressing spray enhances the adhesive strength of surgical dressing tapes. (1/22)

BACKGROUND: The use of surgical adhesive tapes after minor surgical and dermatologic operations is widespread. Their use reduces the wound tension and separation and they ultimately improve the postoperative scar. The most commonly used wound adhesives to enhance the adhesiveness of the surgical tapes, are tincture of benzoin and mastisol. AIM: The purpose of the present study is to demonstrate the role of adhesive power of dressing spray with the adhesive tape application on the skin, which is widely used in clinics after the skin closure. METHODS: Fifteen volunteers who were chosen among the medical personnel of the hospital comprised the study group. The skin of the flexor aspect of the 1/3 middle forearm of the subjects was used as the procedure region. The data is collected in the first, second and eighth days of the study. At the first stage of the study, an adhesive wound closure tape was applied to the skin without any compound of adhesives (group A). In the second and third stages, a thin coat of transparent film dressing spray (group B) and an adhesive compound of tincture of benzoin (group C) were applied to the skin before the adhesive tape placement, respectively. Different values of weights ranging between 50-900 gm were hanged by hooking into the center of the adhesive tape. The weights that caused complete separations of the tape from the skin after exactly 20 seconds were recorded in all groups. The data was analyzed by using Friedman test in order to calculate statistical significance between groups A, B and C. RESULTS: The difference in adhesive power between control and groups B and C was found to be highly significant ( p CONCLUSION: The results indicated that dressing spray tested has an additional adhesive power besides its well known features and that it can be used as an efficient alternative material among other adhesive compounds.  (+info)

Dermatopharmacokinetic prediction of topical drug bioavailability in vivo. (2/22)

The overall goal of this study was to explore the potential of using stratum corneum (SC) tape-stripping, post-application of a topical drug formulation, to derive dermatopharmacokinetic parameters describing the rate and extent of delivery into the skin. Ibuprofen was administered in 75:25 v/v propylene glycol-water to the ventral forearms of human volunteers for periods ranging between 15 and 180 minutes. Subsequently, SC was tape-stripped, quantified gravimetrically, and extracted for drug analysis. Together with concomitant transepidermal water loss measurements, SC concentration-depth profiles of the drug were reproducibly determined and fitted mathematically. The SC-vehicle partition coefficient (K) and a first-order rate constant related to ibuprofen diffusivity in the membrane (D/L2, where L=SC thickness) were derived from data-fitting and characterized the extent and rate of drug absorption across the skin. Integration of the concentration profiles yielded the total drug amount in the SC at the end of the application period. Using K and D/L2 obtained from the 30-minute exposure, it was possible to predict ibuprofen uptake as a function of time into the SC. Prediction and experiment agreed satisfactorily suggesting that objective and quantitative information, with which to characterize topical drug bioavailability, can be obtained from this approach.  (+info)

Two hundred liver hanging maneuvers for major hepatectomy: a single-center experience. (3/22)

OBJECTIVE: To establish the indications of the liver hanging maneuver for major hepatectomy. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: The liver hanging maneuver, which is a technique of passing a tape along the retrohepatic avascular space and suspending the liver during parenchymal transection, facilitates anterior approach of major hepatectomy. However, the feasibility and limits of this maneuver have never been established in patients with different clinical backgrounds. METHODS: Medical records of 242 consecutive patients considered for major hepatectomy using the hanging maneuver were reviewed. RESULTS: Among 242 patients, 14 patients (6%) were considered to have contraindication for this maneuver preoperatively because of tumor infiltration to anterior surface of retrohepatic inferior vena cava (IVC). It was successful in 201 patients with overall feasibility of 88%. The feasibility increased significantly in the recent years as compared with the initial years (94% in 2003-2005 vs. 76% in 2000-2002, P < 0.0001). Bleeding during the retrohepatic dissection occurred in 5 patients (2%), which was minor due to injury of hepatic capsule in 3 (1%) and major due to injury of short hepatic vein in 2 (1%). In all cases, bleeding stopped spontaneously. The maneuver was abandoned in 27 patients, including 15 related to severe adhesion between liver and IVC. Univariate analysis showed that adhesion between IVC and liver was the only significant negative predictor affecting the feasibility. Cirrhosis, large tumor, preoperative radiologic treatments did not influence on the feasibility. CONCLUSIONS: The liver hanging maneuver has 94% feasibility in recent years. Absolute contraindication is tumor infiltration to the retrohepatic avascular space. Adhesion between the IVC and liver has a negative impact of the feasibility. According to this indication, the hanging maneuver is easily achievable without risk of the major bleeding during the retrohepatic dissection.  (+info)

Development, evaluation and data acquired with a tape-stripping technique for measuring dermal exposure to budesonide at a pharmaceutical manufacturing site. (4/22)

OBJECTIVES: Although corticosteroids have been used for over 50 years as anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents, few studies have examined their exposure levels and health effects on workers employed in the corticosteroid manufacturing industry. The aims of the study reported here were to develop a tape-stripping technique for monitoring budesonide (a corticosteroid used in inhalators for treating respiratory diseases) and to apply the method in a pilot study to estimate the potential dermal exposure to budesonide among workers at a pharmaceutical formulation site. METHODS: The tape-stripping method was evaluated by applying 0.5 and 2.07 microg of budesonide dissolved in ethanol on tape strips. The same amounts were also applied on a cleaned glass plate and human skin of volunteers, which were then stripped by series of tapes immediately, and 30 min later, the amounts collected by the tapes were measured. Finally, the technique was used to study the exposure of budesonide among eight employees at a pharmaceutical industry site. Three exposure sites were tested: the tip of the forefinger, palm of the hand and ventral part of the lower arm. Five consecutive tape strips per sampling site were used in both the recovery studies and the field study. RESULTS: The mean overall recoveries from spiked tapes and the glass plate were 96 and 81%, respectively, while for human skin the corresponding figure was 38%, (for applications of 2.07 microg; no detectable amounts were recovered from human skin after 0.5 microg applications). The recovered amount was found on two consecutive tapes after 0 min, but only on the first tape strip after 30 min. The inter-individual variability was 4-fold. In the field, quantifiable amounts were found for four of eight employees and a concentration gradient was detected along the two or three consecutive tape strips. The tip of the forefinger and the palm of the hand were the most highly exposed sites to budesonide. CONCLUSIONS: A tape-stripping method can be used to determine potential dermal exposure to budesonide. The results also indicate that budesonide is taken up by the skin of operators who are exposed to the substance at their workplace.  (+info)

Unusual complication of suprapubic cystostomy in a male patient with tetraplegia: traction on Foley catheter leading to extrusion of Foley balloon from urinary bladder and suprapubic urinary fistula--importance of securely anchoring suprapubic catheter with adhesive tape or BioDerm tube holder. (5/22)

Suprapubic cystostomy is recommended to patients with neuropathic bladder to prevent complications of long-term urethral catheter drainage. We present a 50-year-old male patient with tetraplegia who had long-term urethral catheter drainage. Following flexible cystoscopy, he developed a urine leak from the right side of the scrotum. Suprapubic cystostomy was performed. After suprapubic cystostomy, the urinary fistula healed completely. A follow-up cystourethrogram confirmed an intact urethra with no leak of contrast. Six weeks later, this patient presented with a hole below the suprapubic cystostomy through which a small amount of urine was leaking. A keyhole dressing had been applied around the suprapubic catheter and the catheter was hanging loosely, thus permitting traction on the catheter, especially when the urine bag was full. Computerised tomography of the pelvis showed extrusion of the Foley balloon from the urinary bladder, but the tip of the catheter was still located within the bladder. The extruded catheter was removed and a Foley catheter was inserted, ensuring that the balloon was inflated within the urinary bladder. The suprapubic catheter was secured firmly to the anterior abdominal wall with a BioDerm Tube Holder, thus preventing any traction on the catheter or Foley balloon. The urine leak through the hole below the suprapubic cystostomy stopped and the sinus healed. This case illustrates the need to anchor the suprapubic catheter securely to the anterior abdominal wall with adhesive tape or BioDerm Tube Holder to prevent traction and consequent displacement of the catheter or Foley balloon.  (+info)

A comparison and cost-effectiveness analysis of peripheral catheter dressings. (6/22)

Peripheral catheter dressing use is common but information about cost-effectiveness remains limited. A prospective, descriptive 3-month study was conducted to 1) assess the cost-effectiveness of two dressings used for peripheral venous catheters and 2) identify statistical associations between the effectiveness variables and the patient's gender and age, category of the professional involved in care, and length of time the dressing was in place. The study was conducted among a homogenous sample of 120 adult patients; the majority (71/59.2%) were women, mean age 54.5 (+/- 18.8) years. All catheters were inserted in the surgical unit of the University of Sao Paulo Hospital: 54 traditional (microporous tape) and 66 transparent film dressings were applied. Clinical effectiveness was defined as dressing adherence and the absence of complications. Cost effectiveness was assessed using incremental analysis and potential statistical associations. The measured outcomes are expressed in terms of the cost per unit/patient of success or effect. Traditional dressings were found to have a lower total cost ($12.53) but were less adherent (P <0.001) compared to film dressings. The rate of complications in each group was similar. Results confirm that traditional dressings may be used for short-term use catheter care (approximately 3 days); whereas, film dressings may be more cost-effective for longer-term use. Larger studies assessing the cost-effectiveness of various dressings to secure longer-term use catheters are needed.  (+info)

Temporary ectropion therapy by adhesive taping: a case study. (7/22)


Effect of mouth taping at night on asthma control--a randomised single-blind crossover study. (8/22)