Wound care and dressings protect wounds from infection and contamination while promoting healing. They are designed to be in direct contact with the wound serving as a barrier between the wound environment and the surroundings. Wound dressings absorb exudate, stop bleeding and ease pain. Dressings can also be infused with analgesics and antiseptics to add to the properties of the dressings and accelerate healing.
There are various types of wound dressings which are to be used in different situations. Some common types of wound dressings are:
A rolled bandage is used to secure a dressing in place
It is a sterile white dressing used to cover up open cuts and wounds and is used along with an antibacterial gel or cream
It is a pressure-sensitive tape used to hold bandages and dressings in place
Crepe Bandages are applied to reduce swelling, offer support and ease pain after sprains and strains
Transparent Film Dressings are available in a variety of shapes and sizes making them easier to conform to a large type of wounds and protect the skin at pressure spots
Silver Dressing is used in a wound which is already harboring an infection and they are anti-microbial in nature
Cohesive bandages adhere well to themselves but don't adhere to the skin. They are useful in reduction of pain, sprains and strains
These come in low, medium and high levels of absorbency and are used on wounds emitting exudates
Antiseptic wound dressings are impregnated with antimicrobial compounds to make prevent infection
These dressings are used over ulcers, trauma wounds, abrasions etc
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