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How to Choose the Right Wound Dressing

Dressing a wound requires some understanding of the most common types of dressings and how they work. While you don't need to rush to the hospital every time you experience a skin tear, cut or burn, you should apply the dressing appropriately to minimize the chance for infection, dehydration of the skin or delayed healing.   

1、Use hydrogel dressings to treat skin tears, surgical wounds and burns. Made with up to 95 percent water, hydrogel is ideal for large, dry wounds with dead space (e.g. a gash within a large wound). Gauze pads infused with hydrogel are available. A hydrogel dressing should not be used on a wound with moderate to severe drainage.
2、Use hydrocolloid dressings to prevent water, oxygen and bacteria from entering a wound. Ideal for wounded skin that is free of infection, hydrocolloid decreases pH levels in a wound and inhibits bacteria growth. Like hydrogel, a hydrocolloid dressing should not be used on a wound with significant amounts of wound drainage.
3、Use an alginate dressing for a wound with moderate to high amounts of wound drainage. Able to absorb up to 20 times its weight in fluid, an alginate dressing can be used in infected and non-infected wounds; however, its high absorbency makes it dangerous for dry wounds, which can become dehydrated and require additional healing time.
4、Use a composite dressing for dehydrated or fragile skin. Made of multiple layers, composite dressings are ideal for primary or secondary dressings meaning it can be used in conjuction with a hydrogel dressing or a hydrocolloid dressing. Use a composite dressing for light to severe drainage.

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