Pam Achabal, MSN, RN, CWON, is a self-described “Hydrofera snob.”
“Hydrofera Blue CLASSIC is a ‘fun’ dressing,” says Pam, who has a dual role in sales and as a clinical wound educator for Appulse Medical for the West Coast of the U.S. “It’s unique; there’s not another foam dressing like it.”
Pam experienced the effectiveness of Hydrofera Blue CLASSIC herself five years ago when she sustained a leg wound in a motorcycle accident.
“It has a bioburden indicator that gives you a visual about what’s going on,” she says. “It tells you right away that it’s managing the bioburden. It pulls the endotoxins into the dressing and decreases pain. It cleaned the wound bed. It did the work for me.”
“Because you hydrate Hydrofera Blue CLASSIC, it takes people a little out of their comfort zone,” comments Pam. “You have to change the outer dressing; it takes a little more thought.”
Pam says it’s important to keep in mind that wounds are dynamic, and that different dressings are called for along the continuum of care. “There’s always a reason for the specific dressing you’re using.”
“For example, Hydrofera READY-Transfer is non-cytotoxic, and has an antibacterial benefit. You don’t hydrate READY-Transfer; you use it under compression wraps with venous leg ulcers,” she notes.
Pam says it’s rewarding to see the positive impact of Hydrofera Blue products.
“I went to a clinic last week where a patient had lost their insurance. Vacuum-assisted negative-pressure therapy costs about $100 per day. They were able to switch to Hydrofera Blue CLASSIC at a cost of just $7-8 for three days and still receive the negative-pressure benefits.”
Pam says it’s gratifying to see Hydrofera Blue CLASSIC help so many patients, from neonatal to senior.
“Once you learn how to use it, it’s easy to become a ‘Hydrofera snob.’”