Ann Fahey-Widman, APR
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Medline Industries, Inc., today introduced octylsealTM, an innovative tissue adhesive, at the 59th Annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress in New Orleans, LA. AORN is the largest gathering of OR nurses in the world.
Octylseal, which can be used to close a variety of surgical incisions and trauma-induced lacerations, offers patients a more comfortable recovery as an alternative to sutures. Octylseal also offers excellent cosmetic results because it does not leave marks on the skin that could be made by sutures. When used in conjunction with sutures or tapes, octylseal aids wound closure and protects against water. Octylseal also creates a microbial barrier when used as a liquid bandage on top of other closure devices, such as sutures or tapes, as long as the seal remains in tact.
“Octylseal’s unique formulation provides a strong and flexible film to protect the wound once it dries on the wound so it won’t crack and peel off like some other tissue adhesives,” said Bridget Donovan, product manager for Medline’s dermal management system division.
Octylseal’s unique formulation offers several other advantages, including higher viscosity, or thickness, than other competing products, so it will not spread to areas outside of the wound area, which allows physicians to more accurately apply octylseal to the wound. Octylseal is also less exothermic (less generative of heat upon application), which promotes greater patient comfort. Octylseal is more skin friendly and cures with the natural moisture of the skin, rather than with harsh chemicals as some other conventional adhesives use.
Octylseal is also more user friendly since it will not dry out prematurely after the tube is opened, even when interchanging applicator tips, which allows doctors to complete a procedure without opening additional containers.
For more information on octylseal, visit www.octylseal.com or consult your physician.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.
Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.
Medline has a growing network of 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 200 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.