June is Wound Dressings 101 Month
Foundational Education to Support Effective, Patient-Centered Dressing Selection Practices
As part of the WoundSource Practice Accelerator series, we are offering you this educational portal into a variety of topics related to the wound care dressing types, and key strategies for selecting appropriate dressings for your patients.
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Types of Wound Dressings: Features, Indications and Contraindications
When treating a wound, health care professionals have many choices for dressings. Selection of the appropriate dressing for a patient’s wound is not always straightforward. This guide is an overview of currently available wound dressings by category. Each dressing type includes useful and clearly presented information on general features and attributes, indications, and contraindications.
Dress for Success: Clinical Considerations in Wound Dressing Selection
Choosing a wound dressing can be a difficult task, a task that is often debatable, confusing, and complicated. However, understanding this important step in the wound healing cascade is integral to maintaining and achieving healing outcomes for our patients with chronic and acute wounds. This program will provide the participants with an overview of dressings by category and discuss dressing implementation in varied wound etiologies. Also, it will offer some clinical pearls of wisdom in regard to dressing applications and the decision-making process.
Presented by Marta Ostler, PT CWS, CLT, DAPWCA.
A Fact A Day – Wound Dressings 101
Download A Fact A Day – Wound Dressings 101 and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on wound dressing selection. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.
Terms to Know: Wound Dressings 101
Alginate: Highly absorptive, non-occlusive dressing derived from brown seaweed or kelp.
Antimicrobial dressing: Delivers a sustained release of antimicrobial agents to the wound, to eradicate bioburden.
Collagen: Derived from bovine, equine, porcine, and/or avian sources. Collagen increases matrix metalloproteinases and organization of newly formed collagen fibers, thus promoting granulation formation.
Hydrocolloid: Occlusive and or semi-occlusive dressing containing pectin cellulose, and gelatin. This dressing promotes autolytic debridement.
Contact layer: A thin, non-adherent sheet that is placed in a wound to protect tissue from other topical agents or dressings applied to the wound.
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Dressing Selection: Which Dressing to Choose?
Dressing selections can be overwhelming for clinicians and providers in health care. There are now well over 6,000 wound care products on the market. Ideally, there would be a multifunctional smart dressing that could “do it all” readily available in all settings. Unfortunately, we as health care providers know, that definitely isn’t the case.
Product Know-How: The Different Types of Wound Care Dressings
Do you, as a wound care clinician, know the ingredients of the dressings you are using on your patients? Do you know brand names, or do you know dressing categories? There are over 6,000 dressings, and we as clinicians cannot possibly learn about every dressing. However, learning the categories of dressings, along with indications, can help simplify the puzzle. You first want to ask yourself what you are trying to do. Absorb exudate or donate moisture? Is there a biofilm contained in the wound? Is there a formulation or composition of the dressing that would work best?
Patient Assessment and Wound Dressing Considerations
As wound care clinicians, we need to take into consideration many different factors in deciding on a treatment plan for our wound patients. Our patients should be evaluated on an individual basis. If we look at our patient’s socioeconomic status, we will find it varies from patient to patient. Socioeconomic status clearly affects morbidity and mortality rates related to wounds: wound management tends to be lower in quality and follow-up visits tend to be fewer in number when compared with patients with better economic status.
Case Scenarios: Putting Your Dressing Knowledge Into Practice
Selecting advanced wound care dressings is most effective when looking at the “whole” patient. If you are focusing only on the “hole” in the patient, you may not be enhancing the wound healing process as much as you had anticipated. In fact, you may be causing more harm to the wound without realizing it. Remember to always involve to your patients in their treatment care plan, if possible. Your patients do not always share what is going on at home or economically. Let’s walk through a few case scenarios that may help you think outside the box when choosing a treatment plan for your patient.
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