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Wound Healing:


Wound Healing:
Uneventful Process or Complex Medical Problem Requiring Specialized Treatment and Care?

By Michelle Gardner

To Apply or Not to Apply

Two Wound Classification Systems





Class I/Clean:i.e.

Class II/Clean-contaminated:

Class III/Contaminated:e.g

Class IV/Dirty-infected:

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.

Trends in Wound Care


Internet Resources

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