Collagen dressings can help boost the production of human collagen at the wound site.
Collagen dressings may be new to some patients, but they have shown excellent results in helping to heal partial thickness wounds, necrotic wounds, skin grafts and second-degree burns, among others. While collagen dressings don’t work for all wound types, there are some basic details that can help you decide whether the wound care option is appropriate for you or your patient.
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What Are The Different Types of Wound Care Dressings?
There are a variety of types of wound care dressings that serve many purposes depending on the wound.
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Choosing the proper wound dressing assists with wound healing
December 10, 2013 by Advanced Tissue
Whenever you have a wound, whether it’s a minor cut or a major incision, it’s crucial to care for it properly. Part of the process includes wound care dressings. There are a variety of options when it comes to dressings, and to determine which is the best and most effective depends on what sort of wound you have.
What is a wound care dressing?
A dressing is used by a doctor, caregiver and/or patient to help a wound heal and prevent further issues like infection or complications. Dressings are designed to be in direct contact with the wound, which is different from a bandage that holds the dressing in place.
Dressings serve a variety of purposes depending on the type, severity and position of the wound. Aside from the major function of reducing the risk of infection, dressings are also important to help:
- Stop bleeding and start clotting so the wound can heal
- Absorb any excess blood, plasma or other fluids
- Begin the healing process
What type of wound care dressing is right for my wound?
This type of dressing is for wounds with little to no excess fluid, painful wounds, necrotic wounds, pressure ulcers, donor sites, second degree or higher burns and infected wounds.
Alginate dressings are used for moderate to high amounts of wound drainage, venous ulcers, packing wounds and pressure ulcers in stage III or IV.
A collagen dressing can be used for chronic or stalled wounds, ulcers, bed sores, transplant sites, surgical wounds, second degree or higher burns and wounds with large surface areas.
In addition to the wound product categories listed above, there are other wound dressings available, such as foams and compression in addition to secondary and cover dressings like wraps, gauze and tape.
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