Robinson Healthcare has a long and proud history in the design and production of woundcare products, dating back to the 1850’s and the manufacture of surgical dressings during the Crimean War. Today’s products comply with the latest standards and regulations and complement other professional healthcare products in the range.
Compliance with legislation and standards is fundamental to Robinson Healthcare’s philosophy. All Robinson Healthcare woundcare products are medical devices, manufactured to comply with the Medical Devices Directive 93/42 EEC. Products such as Fast Aid Adhesive Dressings, which are Class 1 Sterile products, are manufactured in a cleanroom with hygienic packaging facilities.
Situated at Robinson Healthcare’s manufacturing facility in Worksop, the cleanroom is operated and independently validated to BS EN ISO 14644-1: 1999, the European standard for cleanrooms and associated controlled environments.
Different grades of raw material are available for products. Using the wrong one to save costs is a false economy if the product fails to perform effectively and doesn’t meet the expectations of medical professionals. Robinson Healthcare use only high performance materials to ensure that the end product is not only safe and fit for purpose, but also to deliver customer satisfaction.
Fast Aid Adhesive Dressings utilise high quality substrates that are strong, durable, long lasting and yet highly conformable, so that they can be comfortably used in awkward areas. A strong, long lasting adhesive ensures that the dressings stay in place, which is also hypoallergenic and therefore gentle to even the most sensitive of skins. Even for seemingly simple products such as this, Robinson Healthcare demonstrates its commitment to exceed customer expectations.
The same level of care is also taken in the manufacture of the components that comprise the Ultra Four Multi-Layer Bandage System. Estimated to cost the NHS around £400m per year (4), leg ulceration is associated mostly with venous disease and is a large problem in the UK with approximately 59% of leg ulcers being of venous origin (3). Ultra Four is used in the management of venous leg ulcers and is considered a Gold Standard system. It is clinically proven and provides a cost effective method of treatment (1,2).
Many clinical trials have been carried out using Ultra Four, which achieves an 83% healing rate in 20 weeks (1), saving the NHS money by reducing the time that leg ulcer patients require treatment compared to similar products that achieve the same rate of healing but in 24 weeks (1,5,6).
Ultra Four was also the first multi-layer bandage system to be completely 100% free from natural rubber latex as standard, including the cohesive bandage layer. This is at no additional cost to the NHS or other users, compared to many competitors’ systems that charge extra for subsequently introduced latex free versions.
This is significant for both patients and professionals alike. Latex free products reduce the chance of allergy related complications or sensitisation for patients during treatment. For professionals, it reduces the chance of becoming sensitive to natural rubber latex.
Robinson Healthcare is committed to continue the company’s long tradition of manufacturing high quality woundcare products. All production batches are tested in one of the two on site laboratories to ensure that manufacturing standards are maintained and complete customer satisfaction achieved. The same testing facility is also utilised in a programme of new product development, developing woundcare products for Robinson Healthcare’s future.
(1) Vowden KR, Journal of Wound Care (2000)
(2) Lane C et al, Journal of Wound Care (2001)
(3) Date J et al, Professional Nursing supplement (1993)
(4) Moffatt et al, Professional Nurse (1994)
(5) Moffatt et al, Phlebology (1999)
(6) Vowden KR, Journal of Wound Care (2001)