When a burn occurs, seconds count! Burn injuries should be cooled immediately, otherwise, the heat will continue to destroy the surrounding and underlying tissue, and may progress a partial thickness (second degree) burn into a full thickness (third degree) burn injury. This, in turn, will present serious consequences for the patient and considerable extra cost for the receiving hospital/burn unit.
Water-Jel Burn Dressings are a gelatinized water mix designed to perform the four critical steps for burn management in one application. Because of their gelatinous nature, they seal the burn from further contamination, they cool the burn site and relieve pain by heat transfer into themselves, and the fluids on the burn site cannot soak into the dressing nor can they evaporate through them. And finally, as the burn site cools down, the dressing warms up, leaving the site covered by a warm dressing, helping to prevent hypothermia.
Water-Jel Burn Dressings will absorb temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees F—extremely important when you consider that human bone carbonizes at 1400 degrees F and other dressings could melt into the site. With Water-Jel, there is plenty of extra gel to use on any hyperemic or stasis sites surrounding the main burn, and the gel can be left on for more than four hours.
Water Jel Provides controlled cooling by convection, not evaporation while acts as a heat exchanger, absorbs heat throughout the gel contact area. It conforms to the burning surface, providing total cooling contact and does not affect core body temperature or contribute to hypothermia.
Further benefits of Water Jel includes stopping the burning process, being portable—on the scene—when seconds count! It cools the burn, dissipates heat, provides pain relief and is easy to use. Water Jel evaporates slowly, can be used on any burn. The products are non-adherent, and easy to remove while they can cover and protect against contamination, thus help to prevent infection.