More than 8.2 million people in the world had wounds with or without infection. Wound treatment and dressing vary and often depend on a number of factors including age and skin type, the type of wound, location of the wound, severity, and more.
When you take proper care of a wound using the right dressings, you avoid infection and aid healing of the wound.
You can dress your wound by yourself if the wound is small and not severe but if the wound is serious, you will need the urgent care of a wound care specialist.
What is wound dressing?
A wound dressing is anything that is used in direct contact with a wound including cleaning, applying medications and covering the wound to help it heal and prevent infection or complications.
The aim of wound dressing is to aid healing, prevent infection from bacterial and dirt, and also prevent any complications.
Wound dressing can also help to:
- Stop bleeding
- Aid clotting
- Absorb excess blood, plasma, or other fluid
- Prevent biofilms
Types of Wound Dressings
There are several different types of wound dressings used in the medical field for wound management. These include:
• Cloth wound dressing
Cloth wound dressing is the most commonly used dressing. Cloth wound dressing is used to protect open wounds from a number of minor injuries. It can be used for both minor and serious injuries and wounds.
Medical practitioners often use cloth dressings as the first layer of protection for a wound. Cloth dressings can as well be used as a second layer to further secure the wound.
Cloth dressings are versatile and they easily conform to the body. Cloth dressings are a great option for wounds that are difficult to dress. They are the most common and well-known type of dressing.
Cloth dressings can be used both at home and in medical clinics. They come in both pre-cut packaged dressings and roll options, and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
• Foam dressing
Foam dressings are extremely soft and usually very absorbent. Foam dressings help to maintain a healthy moisture balance and also protect the wound while it’s healing.
Foam dressing is able to absorb moisture; hence good for wounds that frequently exude fluids and foul-smelling odors.
Foam dressing helps to promote faster healing by efficiently absorbing excess fluids from the surface of the wound while still keeping the wound moist. The moisture protects the wound from infection and also aid healing. Water vapor can enter a wound but bacteria can’t due to the unique permeability of foam dressing. Foam dressings are available in both adhesive and non-adhesive options.
• Transparent dressing
Transparent dressings are most commonly used when the healing progress of a wound wants to be closely monitored.
Transparent dressings are made with clear films. They are often used on larger and more complicated wounds that require frequent monitoring.
Transparent dressings are mostly used on surgical incision sites, burns and ulcers. Transparent dressings are very flexible. They are used to keep the wound clean and speed up healing.
• Hydrocolloid dressing
Hydrocolloid dressings are non-breathable, self-adhesive dressings. They are made of flexible material for increased comfort. The surface of a hydrocolloid dressing is coated with a substance that contains polysaccharides and other polymers that work to absorb water and form a gel. The gel formed is in direct contact with the wound and helps it heal faster.
Hydrocolloid dressings work by creating moist conditions to help speed up healing of the wound. They are most commonly used on burns, light to moderately draining wounds, necrotic wounds, under compression wraps, and pressure or venous ulcers.
• Hydrogel dressing
Hydrogel adds moisture to wounds so that the wound can heal faster. It also helps to break down dry, dead tissues. Hydrogel dressings are commonly used for dry and large wounds that need help healing.
Hydrogel dressings are used for wounds that emit little to no fluid. They are also used for wounds that are extremely painful. They are coated with cooling gels for added comfort. They are ideal use for second-degree burns and infected wounds.
• Alginate dressing
Alginate dressings are extremely absorbent. They are used on wounds that have excessive drainage. They are used for extreme or deep wounds that bring out fluids or blood.
Aliginate dressings also create a gel-like substance that aids healing. Aliginate dressings are best used for burns, venous ulcers, packing wounds, and higher state pressure ulcers.
Aliginate dressings are extremely absorbent and should not be used on wounds that are already dry. This is because they can make the wound more drier and hinder the healing process. They should only be used on wounds that are wet with large amounts of fluid drainage.
• Collagen dressing
Collagen dressings are commonly used for chronic wounds with a slow or stalled healing time. Collagen dressings act as a temporary “second skin” that allows new cells to grow and flourish.
Collagen dressings help to promote healing in a number of different ways. They help to remove dead tissue, encourage the formation of new blood vessels, and help tighten the edges of the wound.
Collagen dressing can be used on pressure sores, transplant sites, surgical wounds, ulcers, burns, or large injuries.
Wound care specialist/expert for wound dressing
If you have a serious or large wound, you need the services of a reputable wound care specialist for proper care and dressing.
Southwest Regional Wound Care Center, Lubbock, Texas is a reputable medical center that specializes in the management and treatment of wounds. We take proper care of wounds, regardless of the size and condition of wounds.
We offer multidisciplinary approaches in the treatment and management wounds. We provide the most appropriate wound dressing approach that aid quicker healing. We provide complete wound care services including wound dressing to ensure faster healing of wounds.
We provide the most appropriate wound dressing for diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, wounds caused by circulatory problems, burns, non-healing surgical wounds, and other types of wounds.
Visit us at Southwest Regional Wound Care Center, Lubbock, Texas for proper care and treatment of your wound. You can also book an appointment online by visiting our website at southwestwoundcare.com.