Wound Covering Requires Less Tissue to Produce Effective Results

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Diabetic foot complications are the largest non-traumatic cause of lower extremity amputations

Apr 11, 2014

MUNDELEIN, Ill. (BUSINESS WIRE)-Diabetic foot complications are the largest non-traumatic cause of lower extremity amputations, accounting for nearly 90,000 amputations a year, at a cost of nearly $40,000 per procedure.

To help the healing process in the most chronic wounds, including those at risk of amputations, Medline Industries, Inc., recently introduced RevitalonTM, a biologic wound covering made of human amniotic tissue. Revitalon is available in an innovative multi-dot application-five, one-centimeter dots per package-which is significantly less expensive than purchasing a larger sheet.


"The Revitalon multi-dot application for chronic wounds is similar to seeding a lawn," said Sissi Miao, PhD, MBA, vice president of the advanced wound care division at Medline. "The dot application allows for more efficient use of the amniotic tissue. As a result, the cost of treatment is significantly less, which is great news for the patient, as well as for the healthcare facility that is looking to control costs, provide quality care and improve outcomes." 
Revitalon is also available in sheets measuring 2 x 2, 4 x 4 and 6 x 4 centimeters. 


The tissue used for Revitalon amniotic membrane allografts is procured and processed by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), the country's leading tissue bank. MTF uses the most advanced aseptic processing technique that involves maintaining Revitalon's safety throughout the entire harvesting, processing, and transporting process. This process uses fewer steps than other sterilization technologies, which creates manufacturing efficiencies that enables Revitalon to be offered at a lower cost per treatment than similar biologics. 


"Amniotic membrane allografts are an outstanding weapon in our battle against the chronic wound. Because it is a natural human product, it is resistant to the body's rejection responses," said Matthew G. Garoufalis, DPM, FASPS, FACFAOM, CWS, Clinical Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. "They can be used as an off-the-shelf product in a variety of sizes. This product plays a major and much needed role in closing the wound quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively while returning the patient to his or her normal activities." 


Medline partnered with Liventa Bioscience on the development of Revitalon. Liventa is the leading innovator in the use of living donor birth tissues to advance healing in wound care and orthopedic, spinal, reproductive and general surgery. 


For more information, visit http://www.medline.com/products/wound-and-skin-care/revitalon#.

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes Health, Foot and Leg Amputations


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