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Dress for Success: Clinical Considerations in Wound Dressing Selection

Marta Ostler, PT, CWS, CLT, DAPWCA

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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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