Hydrocolloids

How we developed this life-saving technology

“Integrated” hydrocolloids were invented by a predecessor company of Xennovate Medical with the first patent for a hydrocolloid that did not “disintegrate” (hence the name, “Integrated”) due to moisture content over time. Hydrocolloids found their first large market in ostomy adhesives holding the collection bags securely onto the stomach without skin damage.

Nurses caring for and training ostomy patients at the time, then started noticing that the number and seriousness of skin problems typically seen around the stoma not only were failing to appear as they had in the past, but those with damaged skin from the use of Karaya Gum demonstrated full healing after starting to use hydrocolloids as their pouch adhesive.

Those peri-stoma skin healing successes led to a new use for hydrocolloids as moist wound healing bandages. The “pre-integrated” years held the risk of “…deep seated, unresolved inflammation in tissue that otherwise appears healed,” due to the melting of the hydrocolloid into the wound beds, while the integrated versions took that risk away per D. Chakravarthy, “Evaluation of three new hydrocolloid dressings: Retention of dressing integrity and biodegradability of absorbent components attenuate inflammation” J Biomedical Materials Res, Vol.28, 1165-1173 (1994).

Xennovate Medical currently offers four standard hydrocolloid in roll stock form to be sold into bandage converters to create specialty hydrocolloid bandages for safer and more rapid healing. While Xennovate Medical also can design and create specialty formulae for your special needs, its standard roll stocks are:

xm18w | xm18o | xm18s | xm18e with the distinctive properties shown below. Each of these formulae were developed from the original formulation, which had superior properties, however, the cost of attaining those properties was a hurdle that needed to be overcome for more economical solutions.

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xm18w | Designed specifically for Wounds — Exuding to heavily exuding wound bandages

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xm18o | Designed specifically for Ostomy adhesive applications such as pouch rings, barrier rings, as well as barrier strips and arcs

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xm18s | Designed specifically for high Shear needs for skin attachments such as Holter Monitors attached to the external chest wall.

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xm18e | Designed specifically for Economical skin attachments that do not require the high absorption of the above formulae.

Xennovate custom-designed xm18s for an adhesive with aggressive shear tack for use with a Holter monitor on the chest wall. Our EverLift™ technology enables removal with low risk of skin damage from this high shear adhesive mechanism.
Xennovate custom-designed xm18s for an adhesive with aggressive shear tack for use with a Holter monitor on the chest wall. Our EverLift™ technology enables removal with low risk of skin damage from this high shear adhesive mechanism.

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