Wound Care and Dressings
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, ease pain and help wounds heal faster. The various types of dressings can also be infused with analgesics and antiseptics to add to the properties of the dressings and accelerate healing. They are an integral part of the healthcare industry and are used extensive to help tend to different types of wounds.
Types of Wound Dressings
The different wound dressing types which are used in different situations are:
Rolled Bandage: A rolled bandage is used to secure a dressing in place
Gauze Swab: It is a sterile white gauze dressing used to cover up open cuts and wounds and is used along with an antibacterial gel or cream
Surgical Tape: It is a pressure-sensitive tape used to hold bandages and dressings in place
Crepe Bandage: Crepe Bandages are applied to reduce swelling, offer support and ease pain after sprains and strains
Transparent Film 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 pressure spots
Silver Dressings: Silver Dressing is used in a wound which is already harboring an infection and they are anti-microbial in nature
Cohesive Bandage: Cohesive bandages adhere well to themselves but don't adhere to the skin. They are useful in reduction of pain, sprains and strains
Absorbent Dressings: These come in low, medium and high levels of absorbency and are used on wounds emitting exudates
Antiseptic Dressings: Antiseptic wound dressings are impregnated with antimicrobial compounds to make prevent infection and help fasten the healing process.
Mesh Wound Dressings: These dressings are used over ulcers, trauma wounds, abrasions etc
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