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1. (WO2019027810) WOUND THERAPY APPARATUS WITH SCAR MODULATION PROPERTIES AND RELATED METHODS
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is :

1. A wound therapy apparatus, comprising:

a distal layer to contact a wound bed, the distal layer comprised of silicone; and, fenestrations disposed about the distal layer that pass between a distal side of the distal layer and a proximal side of the distal layer to communicate between the distal side and the proximal side.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 , further comprising:

a pad disposed on the proximal side of the distal layer in cooperation with the fenestrations to absorbing exudate from the wound bed fluidly communicated through the fenestrations from the distal side of the distal layer to the proximal side of the distal layer.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, the pad comprising a hydrophobic material in fluid

cooperation with the proximal side of the distal layer to transfer exudate away from the proximal side of the distal layer and hydrophilic material in fluid cooperation with the hydrophobic material to absorb exudate from the hydrophobic material.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 , further comprising:

a pad comprising a medicament and disposed on the proximal side of the distal layer in cooperation with the fenestrations to communicate the medicament to the wound bed through the fenestrations.

5. The apparatus of claim 1 , further comprising:

a structural member engaged with the distal layer, the structural member adhesively securable to a skin surface about the wound bed to hold the distal layer in contact with the wound bed.

6. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising:

a pad disposed on the proximal side of the distal layer in fluid communication with the fenestrations, the structural member being proximal of a proximal side of the pad.

7. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising:

a window disposed in the structural member to allow observation through the structural member when the structural member is secured to the skin surface.

8. The apparatus of claim 5, further comprising:

at least one layer of low-friction film between the structural member and the distal layer to deflect at least a portion of shear force externally applied to the structural member.

9. A wound therapy apparatus, comprising:

a pad; and

a distal layer formed as a coating of silicone material on a distal surface of the pad that is non-occlusive in part to communicate exudate from a wound bed through non- occluded portions of the distal surface of the pad into the pad.

10. The apparatus of claim 9, further comprising:

a structural member engaged with the pad, the structural member adhesively securable to a skin surface about the wound bed to hold a distal side of the distal layer in contact with the wound bed.

1 1. The apparatus of claim 9, wherein the silicone material comprises a combination of one or more polysiloxanes and a carrier.

12. A method of use of a wound therapy apparatus comprising the steps of:

contacting a distal side of a distal layer of said wound therapy apparatus with a wound bed, the distal layer comprising silicone with fenestrations passing between the distal side of the distal layer and a proximal side of the distal layer; and

removing exudate from the wound bed by communicating exudate from the distal side of the distal layer to the proximal side of the distal layer.

13. The method of claim 12, the wound bed being unhealed.

14. The method of use of claim 12, further comprising the step of:

absorbing exudate within a pad cooperating with the distal side of the distal layer.

15. The method of use of claim 12, further comprising the step of:

delivering material to the wound bed by communicating the material from the proximal side of the distal layer to the distal side of the distal layer.

16. The method of use of claim 15, the material comprising a medicament.

17. The method of use of claim 12, further comprising the step of:

securing the distal layer in contact with the wound bed using a structural member adhesively attached to a skin surface about the wound bed, the structural member being in mechanical cooperation with the distal layer.

18. The method of use of claim 17, further comprising the step of:

forming the distal layer by selectively coating the distal side of the pad with silicone gel.

19. The method of use of claim 12, further comprising the step of:

replacing intermittently the wound therapy apparatus throughout healing of the wound bed.

20. The method of use of claim 12, further comprising the step of:

moderating scar formation by contacting the wound bed with the distal layer comprising silicone throughout healing of the wound bed.