Effective in flattening, fading and softening up to 90% of red and raised scars 4,5 CICA-CARE – Let the anxiety fade 1,2 CICA-CARE Gel Sheets have been shown in studies to flatten, fade and soften red and raised scars in up to 90% of cases. 4,5 This includes both new and existing hypertrophic and keloid scars. Additionally, CICA-CARE Gel Sheets have been shown to be effective in the cosmetic appearance of scars up to 20 years old, 3 making them potentially suitable for patients who have experienced the long-lasting impact of scarring. When used correctly, CICA-CARE can give you results in as little as 2–4 months. 4,5 More than “just a scar” For many patients, a scar is more than an imperfection – it’s a source of physical and emotional distress. 1,2 Given the significant impact scarring can have on patients’ lives, international guidelines now recommend that following surgery or trauma, the first priority should always be the prevention of abnormal scar formation. 6 Before After 1 CICA-CARE Frequently Asked Questions How do I know if CICA-CARE will work on scar(s)? The scar needs to be red and raised for CICA-CARE to be effective – it doesn’t work on white and flat scars. How is CICA-CARE used and how long will it take for the scar to get better? It can vary from person to person and from scar to scar. Some people may see an improvement within days. When used correctly, best results are seen after 2-4 months of treatment. CICA-CARE wear time should be increased from 4 hours per day for the first two days up to a minimum of 12 hours per day. Refer to the pack insert for details. If possible, CICA-CARE should be worn 24 hours per day. This build up is necessary to get the skin accustomed to the gel sheet. Painless to remove and easy to replace, CICA-CARE stays in place, although a light bandage or tape may give extra help to hold it in place. CICA-CARE can be cut to size to fit most scars. Each separate cut piece will last up to one month in use. It is durable and reusable. How soon can CICA-CARE be used after an injury? CICA-CARE Gel Sheet may be used on any old or new closed wound. This includes red and raised scars resulting from surgical incisions such as Caesarean section, cosmetic surgery or accidental injuries, such as burns or cuts. Always ensure the wound is fully closed before using CICA-CARE Gel Sheet. Do not use on open or infected wounds, scabs, over stitches or anywhere where there is broken skin. Products listed may not be right for you. Read any warnings before purchase. Smith & Nephew Pty Ltd 85 Waterloo Rd North Ryde NSW 2113 Australia T +61 2 9857 3999 F +61 2 9857 3900. Trademark of Smith & Nephew. SN14231. References 1. Newell R. Psychological difficulties amongst plastic surgery ex-patients following surgery to the face: a survey. Brit J Plast Surg 2000; 53: 386-392. 2. Rumsey N, et al. Exploring the psychosocial concerns of outpatients with disfiguring conditions. J Wound Care 2003; 12: 247-252. 3. Quinn KJ. Silicone gel in scar treatment. Burns 1987; 13 (supp) : S33-S40. 4. Carney SA, et al. Cica-care gel sheeting in the management of hypertrophic scarring. Burns 1994;20: 163-167. 5. Mercer NSG. Silicone gel in the treatment of keloid scars. Br J Plast Surg 1989; 42: 83-87. 6. Monstrey S, et al. Updated scar management practical guidelines: non-invasive and invasive measures. JPRAS 2014; 67:1017-1025.
NDIS Feature informonline.org.au 13 What do the funding categories mean? One of the first things we recommend you do when you receive your NDIS plan is to read through it thoroughly and make sure that you understand what you are funded for. But how can you understand your funding if you don’t quite understand what the funding categories mean? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Core Supports Core supports is your flexible funding that covers activities that help you in your everyday life. For example, this funding can be used for in-home care, cleaning assistance, any needs-related products or assistance to access your community. This funding is flexible so you can use it across a number of support categories. Capital Supports Capital supports is funding for your ‘big ticket items’, such as car modifications or assistive technology. Sometimes you may need a quote or report from a specialist to be able to access this funding, so it is best to check with the NDIA if you have any queries regarding your capital supports funding. Capacity Building The final funding category is the capacity building category. This is to fund activities that help you build your skills and reach your long-term goals. This funding is not as flexible as your core supports, and can only be used for specified activities as mentioned within your plan. This funding can be used for things like support coordination, finding and keeping a job or improving your relationships, and much more. If you’re still feeling a bit lost the NDIS has a number of ‘Understanding the NDIS’ booklets on its website at www.ndis. gov.au. We also recommend looking at the ‘NDIS Price Guide’ to help you understand how much each service can cost you, and therefore how far your funding will go.