STEP 7: Wound Dressings and Grafts: If you have a wound, it should really be covered with dressings to protect and pad the wound. There are a lot of different dressings out there, so here are some tips on which dressing may be right for you:
- A thin clear film on your wound is biofilm. It’s like a soap scum that sits on top of your wound. It prevents your wound from healing and needs to be removed.
- A wound with A LOT of drainage needs a seaweed (or alginate) dressing to absorb drainage and bacteria.
- Deep AND draining wounds need a foam dressing
- Black or dry wounds need a hydrogel to keep it moist
- Wounds with healthy, red tissue can use a hydrogel too
- Yellow, fibrous wounds are challenging. This tissue needs to turn red and healthy.
- Infected wounds benefit from iodine or a silver dressing (it doesn’t actually look like jewelry)
- Make sure your dressing is getting changed regularly
- If your wound hasn’t been healing quickly, ask your doctor about ‘skin substitutes’
- Most important thing to remember is that bad tissue needs to be removed!
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