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Accurately “reading” the wound dressing can improve the healing process

Analyzing color, odor, weight and distribution of fluid on the used wound dressing allows one to draw conclusions on the wound healing process. This makes it easier to choose the right wound dressing.

The wound dressing is too often disposed of without further examination. However, it provides important information: color, odor, weight and distribution of fluid tell much about the course of healing and the application of the dressing.

If the fluid reaches only one side of the dressing edge and the other side of the dressing is practically unused, the dressing has not been placed correctly. The odor makes it possible to determine whether the wound is colonized with bacteria.

The used dressing : a reflection of the healing process

Amount and location of the fluid show how effectively the exudate has been absorbed by the dressing. Thick exudate on the wound bed is an indication that the pores, the absorbent capacity and the dressing layer are not appropriate to the wound condition.

Regarding the wide variety of wounds and wound conditions, the right selection of products plays a central role: in addition to traditional wound dressings such as gauze and non-woven swabs as well as absorbent and ointment dressings, hydroactive systems such as wound dressing pads with superabsorbers, calcium alginate dressings, foam dressings, hydrocolloid and hydrogel dressings (e.g. Hydrosorb®) are also important aids. Hydrogel dressings contain a large portion of water, ensuring a balanced moist wound environment that promotes granulation and epithelization.

To sum up: one glance at the used wound dressing and the right selection of products effectively support wound treating.