How are transparent adhesive dressings used in the treatment of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Transparent adhesive dressings are semipermeable and occlusive. They allow gaseous exchange and transfer of water vapor from the skin and prevent maceration of healthy skin around the wound. In addition, they are nonabsorptive, reduce secondary infection, and allow atraumatic removal. These dressings minimize friction and shear and may be used in shallow stage 1, 2, and 3 pressure injuries with minimal exudate and no necrotic tissue; however, they do not work well on patients who are diaphoretic or have wounds with significant exudation. [57]


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