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What is a wound care dressing?
A wound dressing is used by a doctor, caregiver and/or patient to help a wound heal and prevent further issues like infection or complications. Wound Dressings are by designed to be in direct contact with the wound, which is different from a bandage or cover that holds the dressing in place.
Dressings serve a variety of purposes depending on the type, severity and position of the wound. Aside from the major function of reducing the risk of infection, dressings are also important to help:
- Stop bleeding and start clotting so the wound can heal
- Absorb any excess blood, plasma or other fluids
- Wound debridement
- Begin the healing process
What are some of the types of wound care dressings, that may be right for my wound?
Hydrocolloid dressings are used on burns, light to moderately draining wounds, necrotic wounds, under compression wraps, pressure ulcers and venous ulcers.
This type of dressing is for wounds with little to no excess fluid, painful wounds, necrotic wounds, pressure ulcers, donor sites, second degree or higher burns and infected wounds.
Alginate dressings are used for moderate to high amounts of wound drainage, venous ulcers, packing wounds and pressure ulcers in stage III or IV.
A collagen dressing can be used for chronic or stalled wounds, ulcers, bed sores, transplant sites, surgical wounds, second degree or higher burns and wounds with large surface areas.
In addition to the wound product categories listed above, there are other many other types wound dressings available, such as foams and compression in addition to secondary and cover dressings like wraps, gauze and tape.