So, What Do I Put on This Wound? The Wound Dressing Puzzle: Part III

Cynthia A. Worley


Dermatology Nursing. 2005;17(4):299-300. 

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Specialty Absorptive Dressings

If there is a catchall category for wound dressings, this is it. Like broad-spectrum antibiotics, this type of dressing covers a wide range of product types from films to fillers.

Absorptive dressings are a broad range of product types whose common function is absorption of drainage. These dressings may include pads containing nonadherent contact layers with highly absorbent layers of fibers (cellulose, cotton, or rayon), fibers that gel when in contact with drainage, adhesive border dressings with absorbent middle contact layers, and simple absorbent cover dressings. Many function well as secondary dressings over gels, creams, enzymes, and other primary dressings.

These dressings perform best on wounds or conditions with moderate-to-heavy drainage (exudate).

Some "absorbent layers" are more absorbent than others, heavily saturated dressings must be changed to avoid maceration of periwound skin, adhesive border dressings with absorbent contact layers may not manage heavy exudate and require frequent changes (potential for tearing or stripping of skin). Refer to the product's package insert for additional information.

Covaderm® (DeRoyal), Band-Aid Island Dressing® (Johnson & Johnson), Aquacel® Hydrofiber Dressing (ConvaTec), Tendersorb® Wet-Pruf Abdominal Pad (Kendall), Exu-Dry® Wound Dressings and Garments (Smith & Nephew), Primapore99 Specialty Absorptive Dressing (Smith & Nephew), Curity® Abdominal Pads (Kendall).


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