Dressings are sterile pads and compresses used in medical procedures. The use of dressings is indicated for:
Dressings are used to soak up bodily fluids and exudates
;Dressings help seal wounds and help coagulation and clotting happen faster
Dressings prevent the wound from contamination and microbes as well as mechanical damage
Dressings help debride the wound and thus accelerate healing
Some dressings are impregnated with analgesics which reduce pain. Pain is also reduced due to prevention of further trauma
Common Types of Dressings:
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 the pressure spots
Silver dressings are used in wounds which are 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 prevent infection
These dressings are used over ulcers, trauma wounds, abrasions etc.
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