How are wet-to-dry 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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Wounds with surface debris or fibrinous exudate may be mechanically debrided with wet-to-dry dressings incorporating normal saline or enzymatically debrided with collagenase. Wounds with a high level of bacterial contamination may benefit from wound irrigation. It has been shown that irrigation by low-pressure pulsatile lavage therapy with saline is more effective than continuous saline irrigation in decreasing bacterial loads within wounds. [134]

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