Frequently Asked Questions
Our clinical trials have identified a number of patient types who can benefit from Comfort Release®:
- Pediatric patients
- Geriatric patients
- Patients on blood thinners, steroids, or any medication that affects the skin
- Patients with sensitive skin, fragile skin or thin skin from any cause
- Patients who find other bandages fall off too easily, such as during bathing
- Patients who simply find other bandages are painful to remove,
- Patients exposed to advanced wound care products in an healthcare professional settings such as a surgical center, radiology center, emergency room or long term care hospital,
- Patients that need intravenous therapy in a physician office or acute hospital.
Comfort Release® was originally designed to affix medical adhesive devices—drains, tubes, probes, electrodes, IV catheters and dressings—to sensitive skin, fragile skin or thin skin. Because it drastically reduced both pain and tissue damage during wound management, we decided to apply it to commonly available consumer bandages and tapes.
Comfort Release® uses two types of backing material. The first is a medical grade polypropylene film embossed to make it tear easily; the second is a cloth, nonwoven polyurethane film. Comfort Release® surfaces have been perforated to allow skin to breathe and aid healing. These perforations also allow the rubbing alcohol to reach the adhesive underneath.
The adhesive is a standard medical grade acrylic with high skin tack. Then we add oligomeric switch (OGS) – a biodegradable resin poly(glycerol sebacate) – to make it easily releasable with the introduction of rubbing alcohol.
There are hundreds of publications on the various uses of OGS. OGS is known to be inherently antimicrobial and non-immunogenic in many studies. We are the only company using OGS in adhesive bandages.
Comfort Release® pain-free skin and wound care solutions are different from any other product on the market. Having a patent to back that up doesn’t hurt, either. Comfort Release® has been awarded a U.S. Patent No. 10,329,458.
Yes. Comfort Release® has undergone technical studies measuring its adhesive properties, as well as product evaluation studies. 100 adults, 100 children and nine nurses participated in three separate product evaluations. Comfort Release® increased patient satisfaction to 86-96% from 6-26% with other adhesive products.
Additional clinical studies are underway.
Comfort Release® tapes and bandages have high Moisture Vapor Transmission Rates (MTVR). This allows our tapes and bandages to control water loss of the skin and optimize the wound surface for healing, helping to eliminate the accumulation of wound exudates. Wounds that are too dry or too wet may not heal properly.
To remove Comfort Release® without pain or skin trauma, simply swipe the bandage or tape with rubbing alcohol for about 3-10 seconds. When the rubbing alcohol evaporates, the stickiness will return so you can reapply or reposition the bandage if needed.
During three product evaluations, which included two focus group tests, participants did not view using rubbing alcohol as a barrier.
To remove Comfort Release®, soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol (70% or 91% rubbing alcohol will work just the same) and swipe across the outer surface until the sample begins to lift from the skin surface, about ten seconds. Our products also conveniently include alcohol wipes that you can use.
To minimize release time, make sure the bandage has been free of water for at least 30 minutes. For faster, easier release, hold the alcohol-soaked cotton ball underneath the bandage where the acrylic adhesive touches the skin and slowly peel the bandage or tape away from skin.
In product evaluation studies, Comfort Release® stayed on for at least seven days. We recommend our bandages be changed every 3 days.
Comfort Release® bandages and tapes are water resistant while our dressings are waterproof.
Bathing and showering should not disturb the skin bond. But, swimming for prolonged periods (more than an hour or so) will likely cause all adhesive products to come off.
Comfort Release® uses typical medical grade acrylic adhesive as other bandages, so individuals with a history of reaction to other acrylic bandages will likely have a similar skin reaction to Comfort Release®.
In fact, there is a decrease in skin pain, skin trauma and skin irritation when using Comfort Release® medical bandages and tapes when removed with rubbing alcohol. That said, people who have experienced skin redness from other adhesives will likely experience skin redness to Comfort Release® adhesive.
Our goal is to provide an affordable answer to current wound care products with rapid, trauma-free removal from maximum adhesion to the skin.
We believe in cost containment by leveraging the existing manufacturing process in the USA to use the same formulation of currently available adhesive products and including an inexpensive trigger — isopropyl alcohol (simply known as rubbing alcohol).