Uneventful Process or Complex Medical Problem Requiring
Specialized Treatment and Care?
By Michelle Gardner
To Apply or Not to Apply
Two Wound Classification Systems
The Basics of Wound Care
Help is on the Way
- Foam is meant to absorb heavy drainage, and help promote a moist environment and autolytic debridement.
- Calcium alginates come from brown seaweed and absorb 20 times their weight. They keep a wound moist, and helps autolytic debriding of the wound.
- Hydrogels hydrate a dry wound with minimal absorption, soothing and promoting wound healing.
- Hydrocolloids are impermeable to bacteria and aid in autolytic debridement, self-adherence, and moist healing. They may be left in place for 3 to 5 days, but cannot be used if infection is present.
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