Green foam, black foam or gauze for NWPT: effects on granulation tissue formation.

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To compare the effects of green foam with black foam and gauze during negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), with regard to wound bed appearance and granulation tissue formation, and monitoring of wound exudate.

Wounds on the backs of eight pigs underwent 72 hours of NPWT plus either green polyurethane foam with an open pore structure, black polyurethane foam with an open pore structure or saline-moistened AMD gauze. Sections of biopsies from the wound bed, including the overlying dressing, were examined histologically with regard to microdeformation of the wound bed and granulation tissue formation. The force required to remove the wound fillers was measured.

Wound exudate and bleeding could be easily seen when using gauze and green foam, but were not visible under the black foam. Such visibility facilitates monitoring of the wound status. No difference was found in the quantity or characteristics of the granulation tissue formed under the green foam or black foam. Both green foam and black foam resulted in more pronounced granulation tissue formation than gauze under negative pressure. There was also more leucocyte infiltration and tissue disorganisation under green foam and black foam than under gauze. All three wound fillers created microdeformation within the wound bed surface. Similar forces were required to remove green foam and black foam (5.0 ± 0.6 N for green foam and 4.0 ± 0.4 N for black foam), while less force was needed for gauze (2.1 ± 0.2 N). This may be a result of tissue ingrowth into the foam (357 ± 12µm for green foam and 362 ± 14µm for black foam), but not into gauze (0µm), as shown by examination of biopsy sections from the wound bed.

Green foam and black foam have similar biological effects on the wound bed. Bleeding and exudate can be more easily monitored when using green foam or gauze. Differences in the wound bed tissue morphology when using foam or gauze plus NPWT support clinical observations that granulation tissue under foam is thick but fragile, whereas that under foam is thinner but denser. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The study was supported by Mölnlycke Health Care AB
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-299
JournalJournal of Wound Care
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
  • Surgery


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