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Crawford Supports Silver Oxysalts™ Symposium at International Society for Burn Injury Congress

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Sept. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crawford Healthcare, Inc. (“Crawford” or the “Company”) recently supported a symposium at the International Society for Burn Injuries Congress (ISBI) in Miami, FL. The panel, composed of Surgeons and Scientists shared their insights and clinical experience in utilizing the patented silver compound Ag Oxysalts™ Technology to quickly kill bacteria and break through biofilm.

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The symposium was moderated by Dr. Naiem Moiemen, FRCS (Plast), a world renown burn surgeon and the director of the ScarFree Burn Research Centre in Birmingham, UK. Some of the panel members included Lindsay Kalan PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania department of Dermatology and Professor, Stephen Davis from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs”, and biofilms are a growing concern in the world of medicine. Bacteria like to live in communities and up to 60% of chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers (otherwise known as bed sores), diabetic ulcers and venous leg ulcers have been found to be colonized with biofilms. Dr. Kalan describes a biofilm, “as a colony of bacteria attached to the wound surface encased in a matrix. This defense mechanism has been shown to protect bacteria from topical antimicrobials which can lead to delayed healing, poor outcomes and increased costs.”

Ag Oxysalts™ Technology, which is currently available in Crawford Healthcare’s wound contact layer, KerraContact® Ag3+ Dressing, has been shown to be one of the most effective silvers available on the market today. Ag Oxysalts™ Technology has a unique chemistry with three missing electrons making it significantly more reactive when in contact with wound fluid and up to six times more powerful than traditional silver compounds. The increased reactivity leads to a quick 99.999% kill of bacteria – including superbugs - and the ability to break thru biofilm to kill the bacteria within.

“We are very pleased to support the ISBI Congress and this presentation on a groundbreaking technology,” notes Terry Bromley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Crawford’s U.S. operations. “KerraContact® Ag dressing, which makes Ag Oxysalts™ Technology available to burns and chronic wounds, helps clinicians and patients quickly see tangible benefits. We’re excited to see how it’s helping heal patients that have had wounds for years.”

About Crawford Healthcare, Inc.

Crawford Healthcare, Inc., is a rapidly growing international company dedicated to developing innovative treatments and effective dermatological, wound care, and diagnostic products for the care and repair of skin. The Company has worked closely with healthcare professionals for more than 15 years from the international head office of its parent company, Crawford Healthcare Holdings Limited (the “Crawford Group”), in Knutsford, Cheshire, U.K. In early 2013, the Crawford Group expanded its operations and opened a United States office in Doylestown, Pa., that focuses on the Company’s portfolio of advanced wound care products. To help lead its U.S. business, the Crawford Group has assembled a skilled management team with long-standing industry backgrounds in the advanced wound care arena. The team offers more than 150 years of collective experience in the field and has deployed a nationwide direct sales team dedicated to wound, skin, and burn care.

About ISBI
The International Society for Burn Injuries’ (ISBI) mission is to disseminate knowledge and to stimulate prevention in the field of burns. The society has over 1000 members representing 95 countries on all continents. Since the Society was founded, the total medical care of burn patients has improved considerably. This is not only because medical science has improved but also because there is also a better understanding of the need for a team of professionals of different specialties such as surgeons, anesthetists, bacteriologists, critical care physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, etc. Each and every one of these specialists plays a very important role. Our society acknowledges the importance of all of these specialists in burn care and has intelligently admitted those professionals as members since its foundation.

Contact: Terry Bromley Senior Vice President & General Manager Crawford Healthcare, Inc. 267.532.1284 terry.bromley@crawfordhealthcare.com

Source:Crawford Healthcare