Hydrogel: Clear viscose sterile gel
Aids autolytic debridement and removal of devitalised tissue.
Type of wound product is suitable for
Low exuding, necrotic or sloughy wounds
Duration dressing remains on wound before changing
Up to 3 days
Frequency of dressing change
Caution/contraindications (when not to use the dressing, patient groups to avoid etc.) Not suitable for heavily exuding wounds. Caution known product or component sensitivity.
Full thickness burns or infected wounds
Not for application to ischaemic wounds
Rationale for inclusion in formulary
Required for wound beds that need donation of moisture to rehydrate the wound bed and debride. Cost effective
Hydrogel sheet dressings
Sodium hyaluronate dressings
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Prescribing in children
The APC notes that the informed use of unlicensed medicines or of licensed medicines for unlicensed applications (‘off-label’ use) is often necessary in paediatric practice.
The APC advises GPs to consider specialist prescribing recommendations for Green and Amber medicines that are not subject to ESCAs or RICaDs in combination with the information provided in the BNFC which goes beyond that of marketing authorisations. The BNFC has been designed for rapid reference and the information presented has been carefully selected to aid decisions on prescribing.
Medicines which are suitable for initiation and maintenance prescribing by primary and secondary care clinicians. These medicines should be initiated and prescribed within their licensed indications.
Initiation and maintenance of prescribing by Specialists and transfer to Primary Care prescribing when appropriate, or initiation and maintenance of prescribing in Primary Care following recommendation from a Specialist.
Some amber medicines require agreement with the local (internal) medicines committee prior to initiation; others may require a framework to support safe transfer and maintenance of care such as a RICaD or ESCA. The Formulary will be annotated to reflect these requirements.
Medicines for initiation and maintenance prescribing by Specialists only
Non-formulary medicines- medicines not recommended for routine primary care prescribing.
Positive NICE TA and /or awaiting local clarification on place in therapy ; Please contact your Medicines Optimisation team for more information.