Shave biopsies are often uncomfortable during the healing process. This is a preliminary
study to determine if patients and clinicians prefer using PolyMem formulating dressings on
shave biopsy sites compared to the current standard of practice, which is antibiotic
ointment covered with a band-aid type dressing.
Only individuals who require 2 shave biopsies on the same treatment day will be entered in
the study. Each participant serves as their own control.
- Individuals that are going to have two shave biopsies performed on the same day will
be evaluated for inclusion in the study.
- Those that have used systemic corticosteroids in the last three months.
- Those with any medical condition leading to immunosuppression
- Those with a history of keloid formation
- Those with documented compromised wound healing potential
- History of psoriasis or eczema in the last 2 years
- Those with an active infection
- Those that use aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs more than 3 times per
week for pain (daily low dose aspirin use for cardiovascular health is not an
- Those that have inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's
- Those that have clinical signs of malnutrition that could interfere with wound
- Those that have a history of allergies to any wound dressing or medical tape
- Those that are not able to change the dressing themselves and do not have anyone in
their household that can change the dressings if needed.
- Those younger than 18 years old