Various type of Wound Dressing


There are more than 3,000 types of wound dressings available on the market today; making it is easy to become overwhelmed by the options. The secret to understanding the various types of wound dressings is to learn the basic properties of the eight main categories of wound dressings.  The dressings within each category are not identical; however, they do possess many of the same properties.  This section provides detailed information on the properties of the eight main categories of wound dressings.

Foam wound dressings are sheets and other shapes of foamed polymer solutions (most commonly polyurethane) with small, open cells capable of holding fluids. They may be impregnated or layered in combination with other materials. Absorption capability depends on thickness and composition. The area in contact with the wound surface is non-adhesive for easy removal. Available with an adhesive border and/or a transparent film coating that acts as a bacterial barrier. Indicated for partial- and full-thickness wounds.

Types of Wound Dressings – Additional Resources

Types of Wound Dressings

Traditionally wet-to-dry gauze has been used to treat wounds. Wound dressings that create and maintain a moist environment, however, are now considered to provide the optimal conditions for wound healing. Use the resources below to learn more about the various types of wound dressings.


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