What’s a dressing?
Sterile pad or compress applied to a wound to promote healing and protect the wound from further harm. A dressing is designed to be in direct contact with the wound, as distinguished from a bandage, which is most often used to hold a dressing in place. Many modern dressings are self-adhesive.
Types of Dressings:
- Gauze Sponge
- Gauze Bandage Roll
- Non Adherent Pads
- Non-Adherent Wet Dressings
- Foam Dressings
- Calcium Alginates Dressing
- Hydrogel Dressings
- Transparent Dressings
- Gauze Sponge: Absorbs drainage, good for cleaning, dressing, packing, and prepping; can be used for pretty much all wounds.
- Gauze Bandage Roll: Used as either a first layer dressing or for secondary securement. Good for limbs, head, and difficult to dress wounds. Acts to Cushion wounds and Conforms to your body. Can be used for pretty much all wounds.
- Non-Adherent Pads: Protects wound without sticking. Easy all in one dressing to put over any lightly draining wound. can be used for minor wounds.
- Non-Adherent Wet Dressings: Protects wound by clinging and conforming to wound and body contours, Ideal primary layer to keep the wound moist to help promote healing. Will not stick to the surface. Good for burns and can be used for light to moderately draining wounds.
- Foam Dressing: creates a moist environment conducive to wound healing, generally nonadherent, and the dressings allow water vapor to enter but keep out bacteria and other contaminants. They Offer 7 Benefits:
- Don’t adhere to the wound.
- Serve as a cushion to protect the affected area.
- Provide a barrier against bacteria.
- Can be used in the case of infection.
- Are suitable for wounds with hypergranulation.
- May be used during compression therapy.
- Are easy to apply and remove.
- Calcium Alginates Dressings: Helps pack and wick moisture out of deep tunneling areas of your wound. Being highly absorbent gives it the potential to be good for pretty much all moderate to severely exudating wounds. Great for venous or arterial ulcers.
- Hydrogel Dressings: Provides moisture to your wound, helps break down dry and dead tissue, and promotes healing. Can be used for dry, dead tissue, and minimally exudating wounds.
- Transparent Dressings: Is thin, allows moisture transfer, and helps with visualization of the wound. Mainly used as a securement layer and is good for IV securement.