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Wound Dressing

Gauze Bad as primary. Adheres, desiccates, releases bacteria
Impregnated gauze Like gauze, but less adherent (better for preserving new granulation)
Transparent Films Do not allow moisture/ bacteria into wound. Not good if exudate present. Facilitate moist environment, autolytic debridement. Use for minor burns and simple wounds.
Foams Highly absorbent pads. Can use as secondary dressing with gel as primary
Hydrogels Thin sheets or liquid gels. Used to increase moisture, dry wound, support autolytic debridement
Hydrocolloids Most occlusive. Moisture retentive dressing. Absorbent material with film backing. Good for min-moderate exudate wounds. Can use over infected wounds for absorption.
Alginates (i.e. calcium alginate) Absorb 20-30x their own weight. Gentle to remove. Maintain moist environment. Use if wound is infected, best is silver alginate for infected/ highly exudative
Created by: wooyeah