Information for Patients

Woulgan Bioactive Beta-Glucan Gel is an active product for wound-healing that contains an active ingredient called soluble beta-glucan (SBG). Beta-glucan is extracted from yeast and has been shown to activate the immune system. At the site of the wound, SBG boosts the immune system and activates white blood cells, which are important for healing.

How it works

The make-up of Woulgan helps keep the wound moist, which aids healing and helps relieve pain with a soothing feeling. SBG aids wound-healing by helping to grow new cells in the wound, to grow new blood vessels to keep the wound healthy, and to contract the wound in order to make it smaller.

Prescription

You may be prescribed Woulgan if a healthcare professional has told you that you have a certain type of wound, including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcer
  • Leg ulcer
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Graft or donor site
  • Open surgical wound
  • Partial-thickness burn
  • Abrasion or laceration

This could be because the wound size is not reducing as quickly as expected, or because certain factors presented by the wound or your medical history might make the wound heal slowly.

Before using Woulgan

Before using Woulgan, the healthcare professional will clean the wound and, if needed, get rid of dead tissue. After a 2–5mm-thick layer of Woulgan is applied, you will also have a dressing put on top of it, and the dressing will be fixated. Your healthcare professional will choose this dressing according to the individual needs of you and your wound. You may also receive compression hosiery or bandaging, or an off-loading device, if required.

Keep in mind

Woulgan is intended to be used under supervision of healthcare professionals. You will need to have Woulgan applied two times a week, and primarily in hospitals, clinics or GP surgeries. It is important to follow all aspects of the wound management regimen instructed by your healthcare professional.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your GP or other healthcare professional in charge of the care of your wound.