What Are The Types Of Wound Dressings?

It is important to have the right kind of dressing when dealing with a wound. A doctor will identify the wound type and explain how to heal the wound properly. There are many types of dressings, and it is important to understand how each dressing is used.
Clipboard on table with different types of wound dressings

Dressing Types and Indicated Use

wound dressing chart

Collagen Wound Dressings1

  • Absorbent and maintains a moist healing environment
  • Good for wounds with minimal to heavy secretion
  • Can be used for surgical wounds
  • These dressings help new collagen to form within in the wound bed
  • Good to use with topical agents
collagen dressing for wound care

Composite Dressings2

  • Moldable and easy to apply and remove
  • Good for wounds with minimal to heavy secretion
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers and surgical wounds
  • These dressings can provide a bacterial barrier, absorption and adhesion
  • Multi layered dressing
composite dressing for wound care

Hydrocolloid Dressings4

  • Available in paste, powder, gel or sheet/wafer forms
  • Water-resistant
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers
  • Made of gelatin, pectin, polysaccharides or sodium carboxymethylcellulose
  • Provide a moist healing environment
hydrocolloid dressing for wound care

Specialty Absorptive Dressings6

  • Easy to remove
  • Highly absorbent
  • Can be used for surgical wounds and burns
  • Keeps liquid, water, and bacteria out
  • Allows moisture vapor in to help with the healing process
specialty absorptive dressing for wound care

Transparent Film Dressings7

  • Impermeable to liquids, water, and bacteria
  • Allows oxygen in
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers and second-degree burns
  • Helps to remove dead or damaged tissue
  • Can be used to secure another dressing
Transparent film dressing for wound care

Alginate Dressing8

  • Made from seaweed
  • Partially dissolves to form a gel
  • Can be used for pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, and burns
  • Can absorb 15-20 times their own weight
  • Calcium ions in the dressing interact with the sodium ions in the fluid of the wound to promote healing
alginate dressing for wound care

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