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Gauze

useful during early debridement, exudate present, wounds with dead space or tunneling, necrotic tissues with exudate. Can be used with infected wounds

Contraindicated directly over granulation tissue without a non adherent dressing between

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Wet to dry gauze

mechanical debridement of necrotic tissue and slough

3

Continuous dry

heavily exudating wounds

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Continuous moist

protection of clean wounds, autolytic debridement of eschar, delivery of topical needs

5

Occlusive dressing

Maintains tissue hydration, facilitates autolytic debridement, wound healing with less pain

Contraindicated over infected wounds, deep ischemic ulcers, full thickness burns, very heavy exudate, over stage IV ulcers

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Alginates

Used with moderate to large amounts of exudate or with a combination of exudate and necrosis. Need a secondary gauze or film dressing on top

Not recommended for dry or light exudate

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Films

Maintains a moist wound environment with minimum to moderate exudate often stage I and stage II pressure ulcers

Not to be used on wounds with fragile edges or on infected wounds

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Foams

Cushions and protects the wound. Requires a second dressing.

Not to be used for dry eschar or wounds with no exudate

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Hydrocolloid

Maintains a moist wound environment, non adhesive, good bacterial barrier

Do not use over infected wounds

10

Hydrogels

Used with partial or full thickness wounds with necrosis (tissue damage from radiation or burns). Absorbs minimal exudate, requires a secondary dressing

Not used with large exudate, may macerate surrounding skin

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Nonadherent

Gauzelike dressing that doesn't adhere to the wound, promotes granulation or inhibit bacterial growth. Require a secondary dressing, are non absorptive.

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Semirigid

Pliable non stretching dressing impregnated with ointment. Used for venous insufficiency to control edema and help with healing