Hydrofera Snob

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.’”

2 responses to “Hydrofera Snob

  1. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  2. I work as a Home Care Nurse. Folks come into clinic and I do about 5 visits a day in home/ extended care. I see so many varieties of wound at so many different stages. Most of the time the dressings look terrible after they come in from home. I have found that the traditional silver dressings/ Kalcicare type do not work as well as I have seen Hydrofera Blue work. I see though, a reluctance to go to this product. Is it mistrust that a product could be so easily versatile in so many situations? Why is this not being shouted on the housetops to use this stuff more often? For example, I am doing woundcare on a post diabetic toe amputation. It has not healed, smells, and the Dr. says any mechanical debridement will kill client. So I have been using hydrofera blue and it is literally eating away the slough, bit by bit, an leaving the healthy tissue. Smell is gone now. closest thing to maggots I’ve seen!

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