Reducing the Pain

Organization: Milliken Healthcare Products LLC, Milliken & Company
Co-Developer(s): Andrew Canada, Principal Developer, Martin E. Cowan, Principal Developer, Robert Macmecan, Principal Developer, Mark Wiencek, Principal Developer, Peter Kang
Year: 2014

2014 R&D 100 Winner Each year in the U.S., approximately 450,000 individuals sustain burns that require medical attention. Over the past 10 years, the overall mortality rate for burn injuries has decreased from 3.4 to 2.7% for males and from 4.6 to 3.3% for females. While advances in medicine allow patients with burns of larger total body surface area to survive, research shows that recovery from burn injuries is incredibly painful and can be associated with significant psychological consequences. Dressing changes, in particular, can be incredibly painful and cause considerable anxiety.

Milliken and Company’s ASSIST Silver is a low-adherent antimicrobial dressing used primarily in burn care for the management of skin grafts. The dressing incorporates three primary features: Active Fluid Management (AFM) technology, an ionic silver antimicrobial and a low-adherent layer. AFM fabric technology, a multi-layer, multi-component textile composite constructed as nylon Jersey knit with a polyester lay-in on the graft contact side, helps maintain an optimal level of moisture at the graft site. The antimicrobial, SelectSilver, provides efficacy against a broad spectrum of wound pathogens. Finally, the low-adherent layer reduces clinician time and minimizes adhesion to the graft. These features optimize ease-of-use for the clinician and minimize patient pain, making ASSIST Silver a cost-effective treatment option for skin grafts.

Technology Antimicrobial dressing for burn victims

DevelopersMilliken Healthcare Products LLCMilliken & Company

Development Team

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Milliken & Company's ASSIST Silver development team (l-r): Mark Wiencek, Andrew Canada, Rober Macmecan and Peter Kang.















The ASSIST Silver Development Team Andrew Canada, Principal DeveloperMartin E. Cowan, Principal DeveloperRobert Macmecan, Principal DeveloperMark Wiencek, Principal DeveloperPeter Kang