Viscopaste™ PB7 Paste Bandage, 7.5cm x 6m
Viscopaste is a general-purpose first-line treatment for wet and dry leg ulcers. Viscopaste bandages soothe and protect the skin and are easily removed. To augment the treatment, always cover the Viscopaste bandage with a suitable compression bandage.
- Open weave bandage
- Impregnated with zinc paste
- Individually wrapped
Open weave bandage
Where venous insufficiency exists, Viscopaste PB7 may be used under graduated compression bandaging, after first assessing the patient to exclude arterial disease. The use of Doppler ultrasound is recommended for this purpose.
Compression bandaging should not be used on patients who have arterial disease (ABPI<0.8) and is not recommended for use on diabetic patients with advanced small vessel disease.>
Failure to detect reduced arterial flow can result in pressure necrosis, amputation, or even death. The risk of a patient having arterial as well as venous disease rises with age.
One of the functions of occlusive bandages is to increase absorption. Care should be taken, therefore, if it is decided to apply topical steroid, anesthetic or retinoid preparations under the bandage, as their absorption may be significantly increased. This may lead to a shorter duration of effect of a topical anesthetic product in addition to increasing the risk of sensitization to these preparations.
The skin of leg ulcer patients is easily sensitized to topical medicaments - including preservatives. Sensitization should be suspected in patients, particularly where there is the deterioration of the surrounding skin. Such patients should be referred for a specialist opinion.