COVID-19 Resources

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission. A framework for healthcare settings including nursing homes/longterm care facilities to both prepare for and mitigate community transmission of COVID-19.

This interim guidance is for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, and healthcare personnel who are coordinating the home care and isolation of people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.

The CDC Clean Hands Count campaign offers posters, factsheets, and brochures for healthcare providers and patients at no charge. To order copies of these materials, please visit CDC-INFO on Demand.

Hand Hygiene & Other Standard Precautions to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections education module. Hand Hygiene, Glove Use, and Preventing Transmission of C. difficile education module.

AACN Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators highlighting key information sources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Page updated regularly to include details about new informational events and webinars, and the latest news from the CDC.

“Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza:
Relias online Training & Resources offering access to relevant resources to help healthcare professionals and individuals prepare and prevent the spread of infection.”

Social Media Resources:

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A Message To Our Customers Regarding The COVID-19 Pandemic

As a healthcare company serving our customers for over twenty years, our mission is always to improve the lives of patients and caregivers in any way we can. As our country, and much of the world, faces this extraordinary Covid-19 pandemic, we also feel an obligation to do everything we can to protect public health and safety. We wanted to reach out to you and share some of the actions our DermaRite family has been taking to assist and partner with our customers during this public health crisis.
Although we began preparing for increases in hand sanitizer demand early in the year, DermaRite experienced an overwhelming increase in the number of orders for our hand hygiene products during the first week of March, depleting our existing inventory in just a few days. Since that time, we have done everything in our power to ramp up production to meet the needs of our customers.

Our facility in North Bergen, New Jersey is running around-the-clock shifts and working seven days a week. We have hired additional employees, increased OT in all departments, worked closely with our supply chain partners to increase and expedite purchase orders, and are adding additional equipment focused on increasing our production capacities. With the help of our incredibly dedicated team, we have increased hand sanitizer production over fifty times our previous levels in only three weeks. Our executive management team is meeting daily to prioritize shipments based on getting at least partial orders to as many customers as we can.

As we focus on providing these critical supplies, we are also ensuring that all other customer and patient needs are being met during this critical time.

The health and safety of our employees is paramount. We are following the recommendations of the CDC and local health organizations, ensuring that our employees are following safety protocols, and distributing sanitizers for personal use. We have increased cleaning and sanitizing schedules throughout our facilities. We are encouraging anyone who can work from home to do so and are restricting the travel of our clinical and commercial teams.
We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to it as needed. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions and concerns.

We wish you the best of health and encourage everyone to stay safe and look out for one another.

Best,

Fabian McCarthy
CEO

Naftali Minzer
Chairman

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Preventing The Spread Of Illness

Good hand hygiene, such as washing hands with warm soapy water, is one of the simplest, most effective ways to prevent illness and the spread of infection especially during cold and flu season. Hand washing is also a tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 commonly referred to as the Coronavirus.

When To Clean
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following handwashing guidance:
Wash hands –

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage or contaminated surfaces

How To Handwash
Handwashing is most effective when hands are wet thoroughly with water, adequate soap is applied and hands are rubbed together for 20 seconds. After washing, hands should be rinsed with water and dried with a disposable towel. Don’t forget to use the towel, not your clean hands to turn off the faucet.1

What If Soap Is Not Available?
Unfortunately, soap and water are not always available to clean your hands. In those instances, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be an effective substitute for handwashing.5 An alcohol-based hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective in reducing microbes (germs) on your hands.5 It’s important to note that hand sanitizers reduce, but do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are most effective when no visible dirt, grease, heavy soilage, or mucous is present on the skin.

How To Effectively Use Sanitizers
To use hand sanitizers effectively:

  • Select a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol or more.
  • Cover the hands with enough sanitizer (refer to the product label for the amount to use).
  • Rub your hands with the product until your hands are dry.2

Hand sanitizers should be kept out of the reach of children and used under adult supervision. Often products are scented or brightly colored and can be attractive to children.2 Swallowing the product can be harmful, especially to young children.

Maintain Healthy Skin
An important, often overlooked part of hand hygiene is keeping the skin on our hands in good condition. Excessive handwashing can cause red, cracked, dry, even painful skin.3 Many soaps remove the natural oils that protect the skin. Use a pH balanced hand cleanser and a quality moisturizer frequently during the day to help to minimize the drying effects of frequent hand washing on the skin.

DermaRite is leading the way in skin care with products that can be used as part of a program to prevent the spread of infection as well as maintaining overall skin health.



CLEAN – DermaKleen™

DermaKleen is a gentle, Triclosan-free, pH balanced antimicrobial hand cleanser, enriched with vitamin E. DermaKleen hand soap is mild on skin. Softens, conditions and moisturizes hands. Active against: Gram Positive Bacteria and Gram Negative Bacteria. Contains chloroxylenol.



SANITIZE – GelRite®
GelRite is an alcohol-based, pH balanced instant hand sanitizer. Kills 99% of germs. Enriched with vitamin E to keep hands soft even after repeated use. Won’t leave a sticky or tacky residue. No rinse.



SANITIZE – San-E-Foam™
San-E-Foam is an alcohol-based, pH balanced foaming hand sanitizer. Soothing, rich foam lather leave hands soft even after repeated use. For use as a health care personnel hand wash, with fast acting, broad spectrum antimicrobial activity. No sticky or tacky residue. No rinse.



MOISTURIZE & PROTECT – Renew™ Skin Repair Cream
Renew Skin Repair Cream was designed to provide maximum skin hydration while still being light enough for everyday use. Protects and helps relieve dry, chapped or cracked skin, and restores moisture. Contains dimethicone, aloe vera, and natural and essential oils combined to form a moisturizing barrier that nourishes and rejuvenates the skin.

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/patients/index.html
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html
  3. Graedon, J. (2019, September 4). How to Deal with Dry Skin and Cracks from Too Much Hand Washing. Retrieved from https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/how-to-deal-with-dry-skin-and-cracks-from-too-much-hand-washing
  4. https://www.piedmont.org/living-better/too-much-hand-washing-can-make-you-sick
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

Deeper Dive

Want to learn more about this topic? In addition to the reference links above, here are some great articles and resources that you can explore.

  1. Infectious Diseases A–Z: Does hand sanitizer kill flu and cold germs? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/infectious-diseases-a-z-does-hand-sanitizer-kill-flu-and-cold-germs/
  2. Soucheray, S. (2019, September 19). Hand sanitizer shown less effective than hand washing against flu. Retrieved from http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2019/09/hand-sanitizer-shown-less-effective-hand-washing-against-flu
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Know Your Dressings: Antimicrobial Foams

Although not well known, an estimated 6.7 million Americans are living with chronic wounds, impacting approximately 1 in 4 families.1,2 Caring for a chronic wound may include the use of absorbent dressings to manage wound drainage. Because chronic wounds often have higher levels of bacteria, they may also benefit from the use of an antimicrobial dressing as part of the overall plan of care.3 Studies have shown reduced signs of infection and bacterial contamination when using an antimicrobial dressing.4

Foam Dressings
Foam is an easy-to-use type of absorbent wound dressing. Foam can absorb moderate to heavy amounts of wound drainage, keeping moisture at the right level for a wound to heal. A foam dressing can provide other benefits as well, by insulating, cushioning and protecting a wound. Foam dressings come in a variety of forms, including adhesive, non-adhesive and antimicrobial versions. Most foam dressings can stay in place for several days at a time.

Antimicrobial Dressings
“Antimicrobial” describes the ability of an agent to kill, inactivate, or slow the growth of microbes such as bacteria and fungi.3 Antimicrobial dressings help in the prevention and management of wound infection by preventing the growth of bacteria within the dressing.3 Some of the antimicrobial agents used in foam dressings include silver, methylene blue and gentian violet. Runze et al. found that combining safe doses of silver and methylene blue is more effective at killing bacteria than either agent acting alone.5

DermaBlue+Foam™ and DermaBlue+Foam Transfer™ are flexible, ready-to-use absorbent foam dressings infused with Methylene Blue, Gentian Violet, and Silver. The combination of these three antimicrobial agents provides broad spectrum antimicrobial and antifungal protection within a highly absorbent foam dressing.

The DermaBlue+Foam™ Dressing Advantage

  • Three effective ingredients, Methylene Blue, Gentian Violet, and non-cytotoxic silver provide broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity.
  • Absorbent foam supports moist wound healing.
  • The flexible foam may be cut to fit, and may be used for wounds with tunneling or undermining. Either side may be placed in contact with the wound.
  • Ready to use and easy to apply – no need to wet the product before use.
  • Gentle and effective for use during all phases of wound healing.
  • Safe for use with current enzymatic debriding agents.8

Learn More

In addition to the DermaBlue+Foam dressings, DermaRite offers a full line of antimicrobial silver dressings:

References:

  1. 1) L.E.K. Consulting 2014 Market Analysis “Market Sizing and Assessment of Outsourced Outpatient Wound Care”
  2. 1) US Census data
  3. 1) Antimicrobials Made Easy. Wounds International 2011; Volume 2; Issue 1: Available from http://www. woundsinternational.com
  4. Mosti G, Magliaro A, Mattaliano V, et al. Comparative study of two antimicrobial dressings in infected leg ulcers: a pilot study. J Wound Care. 2015;24(3):121–2;124–7.
  5. Runze Li, Jie Chen, Thomas C. Cesario, Xin Wang, Joshua S. Yuan, Peter M. Rentzepis Synergistic reaction of silver nitrate, silver nanoparticles, and methylene blue against bacteria https://doi.org/10.1073/PNAS.1611193113
  6. International consensus. Appropriate use of silver dressings in wounds. An expert working group consensus. London: Wounds International, 2012.
  7. Edwards K.(2016). New Twist on an Old Favorite: Gentian Violet and Methylene Blue Antibacterial Foams. Advances in Wound Care, 5(1), 11-18.
  8. http://kenerichealthcareeu.com/rtd-wound-dressing/where-to-buy/; https://www.santyl.com/hcp/compatibility

Deeper Dive

Want to learn more about this topic? In addition to the reference links above, here are some great articles and resources that you can explore.

  1. Sibbald R. Gary, Elliott James A., et. al. Update: Topical Antimicrobial Agents for Chronic Wounds. ADVANCES IN SKIN & WOUND CARE & VOL. 30 NO. 10, 438-450.
  2. International consensus. Appropriate use of silver dressings in wounds. An expert working group consensus. London: Wounds International, 2012.
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Know Your Dressings: Hydrogels

Wounds require adequate moisture to heal. Without sufficient moisture, the wound bed may become dry or desiccated, leading to necrotic wound tissue, which can result in a larger, deeper wound.1 Achieving optimal moisture in the wound is a balancing act, a wound bed that is too wet can result in delayed wound healing and periwound maceration, which can increase wound size.2 Modern wound care is individualized; it is based on assessment, which includes the evaluation of moisture levels in the wound.


Moist wound healing concepts have replaced the old one-dressing-fits-all approach of dry gauze dressings.1 Evidence shows that an appropriate moisture balance in the wound bed speeds wound healing, facilitates autolytic debridement, promotes cell growth and proliferation, speeds angiogenesis and wound contraction.2 Moist wound healing also reduces pain and decreases scar formation.2

Moisture can be controlled in a wound using dressings to enhance healing. Hydrogel dressings provide moisture and are appropriate for wounds that are small or large, full or partial thickness. They can also be used in wounds with necrotic or infected tissue. Hydrogel dressings consist of approximately 90% water in a gel suspension.3 Properties that make hydrogel dressings the “ideal” dressing for an appropriate wound are their ability to promote healing, cost effectiveness, ease of application and their ability to soothe and reduce pain.1 Some hydrogel dressings are infused with antimicrobial silver to reduce bacteria in the wound environment.

Hydrogels for autolytic debridement

Removing slough or necrotic tissue from the wound bed is a critical element in wound bed preparation. Autolysis is a form of debridement that allows the body’s natural and selective abilities to liquify devitalized tissue.4 Autolytic debridement is safe and painless. Hydrogel dressings provide a supportive environment that can facilitate the autolytic debridement process.4

Hydrogels to reduce pain

The high concentration of water in a hydrogel dressing makes it comfortable and soothing. Hydrogel dressings do not irritate tissue, and provide a cooling effect that can be soothing to wounded tissue.6 The non-adhesive nature of hydrogel minimizes pain, especially with dressing changes.5

Types of hydrogel dressings

Hydrogel dressings are available as amorphous gels available in spray bottles, tubes or packets, impregnated into gauze, sponge or rope material or as a sheet dressing that maintains its shape. Each type has unique qualities that provide options for wound hydration.3

Designed for effectiveness and ease of use, DermaRite has a complete line of advanced hydrogel products.

hydrogel dressingAquaDerm™ is a hydrogel sheet wound dressing with a waterproof backing. Cool and soothing, it reduces local pain in superficial wounds and absorbs moisture from wounds with minimal drainage.

Hydrogel Wound DressingDermaSyn™ is an amorphous hydrogel wound dressing enriched with vitamin E. DermaSyn donates moisture to dry or minimally draining wounds for an optimal moist environment.

Antimicrobial Silver Wound GelDermaSyn/Ag™ is a water-based gel wound dressing which contains ionic silver which has been shown to inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

hydrogel dressingDermaGauze™ is a hydrogel impregnated gauze dressing. Convenient for gentle packing of dry to minimally draining wounds.

References:

  1. Hydrogel Wound Dressings: Where Do We Stand in 2003?. Retrieved from https://www.o-wm.com/content/hydrogel-wound-dressings-where-do-we-stand-2003
  2. Swezey, L., (2017, March 23). Moist Wound Healing. Retrieved from https://woundeducators.com/wound-moisture-balance/
  3. Thomas, L. (2018, April 25). Hydrogel Dressings. Retrieved from https://www.news-medical.net/health/Hydrogel-Dressings.aspx
  4. Wound Management and Node Group, (2013). Wound management: Debridement-autolytic. The Johanna Briggs Institute, 21(1), 94-95. Retrieved August 3, 2018, from http://www.woundsaustralia.com.au/journal/2102_10.pdf
  5. What is Hydrogel Wound Dressing – How and When to use it. Retrieved August 1, 2018 from http://woundcaresociety.org/hydrogel-wound-dressing-use
  6. Boateng, J. S., Matthews, K. H., Stevens, H. N., & Eccleston, G. M. (2008). Wound Healing Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences,97(8), 2892-2923. doi:10.1002/jps.21210 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jps.21210

Deeper Dive

Want to learn more about this topic? In addition to the reference links above, here are some great articles and resources that you can explore.

  1. Dressings for superficial or partial thickness wounds. Retrieved August 7, 2018, from https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD002106.pub4/full
  2. Madaghiele, M., Demitri, C., Sannino,A., & Ambrosio, L., Burns & Trauma 2014 2:200401 https://doi.org/10.4103/2321-3868.143616 , Retreived August 7, 2018.
  3. Burd, A., Evaluating the Use of Hydrogel Sheet Dressings in Comprehensive Burn Wound Care. Ostomy Wound Management 2007; 53(3):52-62.
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Know Your Dressings: Collagen Dressings For Wound Healing

Wound healing occurs as the body naturally restores damaged tissue. Wound healing is a complex series of events and interactions that result in an orderly process with 3 overlapping, yet distinct stages.
Collagen Dressings

What interferes with wound healing?
Unfortunately, there are times when the wound fails to progress through the orderly wound healing process. This is commonly the result of an extended inflammatory phase, often caused by increased matrix metalloproteases (MMP’s) in the wound. 2 MMP’s are necessary to break down damaged tissue, however too many can destroy the healthy extracellular matrix and impede wound healing. Bioburden, or the presence of biofilm in the wound, can also delay the wound healing process. 5 When delayed wound healing occurs, collagen dressings can restart the wound healing cascade. Read more ›

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Know Your Dressings: Calcium Alginates, CMC, and Gelling Fibers

Successful wound care involves selecting the appropriate dressing to optimize the wound healing environment. Dressing selection plays an important role in supporting autolytic debridement and promoting wound healing. 1 Wounds with heavy drainage require dressings that are absorptive, yet still maintain a moist wound environment to promote healing, such as calcium alginate or carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) gelling fiber dressings.

What is a calcium alginate dressing?
Calcium alginate dressings are made from sodium alginate extracted from brown seaweed and processed with calcium salts into nonwoven biodegradable dressings. 2 Alginate dressings can be found in sheet or rope form. The dressings uniquely gel as they come in contact with wound exudate to provide a moist wound environment that facilitates autolytic debridement. The dressings can fill wound dead space and absorb up to 20 times their weight in exudate depending on the manufacturer’s process. 3
What is a CMC gelling fiber dressing?
Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) dressings are highly absorptive textile fiber dressings derived from natural cellulose sources and are commonly known as CMC gelling fiber dressings. 9 CMC dressings form a transparent moist gel as they bind wound exudate into the dressing. 9 The exudate cannot reenter the wound bed and inflammatory cells, especially neutrophils, are sequestered which helps to hasten wound healing. 4 CMC dressings are available in rope and sheet form and the fiber strength of these dressings makes them suitable for loosely packing sinus cavities. 4 CMC dressings do provide a moist wound environment, supporting autolytic debridement as the dressing gels and traps exudate.
Calcium alginate and CMC gelling fiber dressings: Read more ›

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Choosing The Right Wound Dressing

A wide variety of advanced wound care products are available to treat wounds, from simple dressing materials to sophisticated products. Selecting a wound dressing requires the clinician to be knowledgeable in both the process of tissue repair during wound healing and the intended use of the dressing product selected to treat the wound.1

Dressings are used to:

  • facilitate healing
  • reduce pain
  • contain wound drainage
  • provide adequate moisture for wound healing
  • maintain normothermia in the wound bed
  • minimize bioburden
  • provide a cosmetic covering for the wound

The correct dressing will improve outcomes for wound healing. Dressing selections should be based on a complete clinical assessment addressing wound characteristics, clinical efficacy, and cost of the dressing.1

Wound Characteristics
Dressing selections should be based on the type of tissue present in the wound, wound drainage, bacterial burden, condition of the periwound skin and the wound location.2 Read more ›

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DermaRite Industries Appoints Barbara Osborne as Chief Commercial Officer

North Bergen, New Jersey – June 2017 – DermaRite Industries, LLC (“DermaRite”) announced it has named Barbara J. Osborne as Chief Commercial Officer of the company. In her role, Ms. Osborne will be responsible for driving the company’s sales and commercialization efforts.

Ms. Osborne is an experienced healthcare industry executive. Most recently, she served as the U.S. Division President and CEO of LEO Pharma. Previously, Ms. Osborne served as the President of Mölnlycke Health Care’s U.S. Wound Care business.

Ms. Osborne has a broad background encompassing sales, marketing, finance, accounting, business development and R&D. During her tenure in the healthcare industry, she also held senior leadership positions at C.R. Bard, Microtek Medical, and Covidien.

“Ms. Osborne is joining the company at a key stage in our development,” says Naftali Minzer, Chief Executive Officer of DermaRite. “Her extensive experience in the wound care industry and her proven success leading and growing similar size organizations will be a strong addition to our business as we position the company for future growth.”

“I am honored to be joining DermaRite, and I am looking forward to building on the company’s strong foundation,” commented Ms. Osborne. “It is an exciting time to impact the next growth phase of the company.”

Ms. Osborne holds a Master of Science in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business and received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University.

About DermaRite Industries:
DermaRite Industries has been providing high-quality, clinically effective and cost-effective skin and wound care products to nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice and wound clinics for over 20 years. Based in North Bergen, New Jersey, the company’s Healing In D.E.P.T.H. program provides caregivers with the tools and services needed to assure optimal care.

For more information about DermaRite, visit Dermarite.com.

Please direct all inquiries to Yalitza Hernandez, yalitzah@dermarite.com, 973-569-9000 x113.

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