Hydrogel Dressing

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Characteristics

Indications

Advantages

  • autolysis
  • conforms to wound bed
  • moist environment
  • nonadhesive
  • pain reduction, soothing
  • no trauma upon removal
  • semitransparent

Contraindications

Disadvantages

  • potential to macerate surrounding skin
  • may require secondary dressing
  • some products may dehydrate wound
  • may be difficult to retain in wounds

Notes

  • Helpful hints:
  • if wound is drying out after 1 day, change dressing daily
  • change only 1-2 times/week
  • Products:
  • sheets

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References

  1. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA National Formulary
  2. Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP) 15, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia 2009

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