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Wound Dressings

DressingFeaturesProblemsUses
Gauze absorbs moisture, fills dead space, safe for infection, inexpensive non-selective debridement, non-occlusive secondary Dressing, heavy exudate, infection
Transparent Films occlusive, autolytic debridement, retain moisture macerative, not safe for infection, peri-wound damage wound visualization
Hydrogels autolytic debridement, add moisture, fills dead space, safe with infection maceration, peri-wound damage, non-occlusive, must use secondary dressing, limited absorption full and partial thickness, pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, minor and radiation burns
Foams non-adherent, autolytic debridement, adds moisture, abosorptive maceration, not effective on dry eschar or no exudate, non-occlusive primary and secondary, partial or full thickness, minimal to heavy exudate
Alginates highly absorptive, non-adherent, autolytic debridement, fills dead space, safe with infection non-occlusive, may dehydrate wound, not safe for dry eschar, 3rd degree burns, surgical implantation, and heavy bleeding, require secondary dressing infection, tunneling and undermining, partial and full thickness wounds
Hydrocolloids autolytic debridement, adds moisture, absorbs moisture, occlusive, impermeable to gases not safe for infection, not safe for arteriol ulcers, odor and yellow drainage primary and secondary dressing, partial and full thickness, necrosis, light to moderate exudate
Created by: lkhaggitt