There are different advantages to advanced dressings over standard gauze.
When it comes to proper wound healing, physicians have a wide array of dressings, bandages and other tools at their disposal. However, some of these options are more effective than others. Specifically, advanced wound care dressings have far more benefits than some more traditional methods such as gauze and tape. These include faster heal times, fewer issues concerning drainage and, in certain instances, less risk of accompanying infection. Here are just some of the many advantages of these truly advanced forms of dressing and bandages:
Designed primarily for granular or necrotic wounds, hydrocolloid dressings are often the preferred choice when dealing with extra dry wound sites. These unique dressings feature a gel-forming substance that creates an air-tight bond with the skin. It’s that seal that results in several of the key benefits of hydrocolloid. For one, these dressings are all but impermeable to bacteria, helping to prevent the invasion of any new strains. And because the dressing only adheres to the wound site specifically, hydrocolloid doesn’t impact other surrounding skin. Hydrocolloid dressings come in many sizes and structures, meaning they can be customized to fit wounds of almost any size. Finally, hydrocolloid is not only easy to apply, but it only needs to be changed every three to seven days.
Hydrogel is used not just for painfully dry wounds and lesions, but also frequently enlisted when treating low-level burns, radiation skin damage, severe scrapes and partial or full-thickness lesions. Hydrogelworks with so many different types of wounds because its role is to help hydrate the wounds and prevent the spread of infection. By ensuring the wound site is properly moisturized, hydrogel can help simplify various healing processes, like the removal of excess dead tissue and granulation. Hydrogel also lasts between three and four days, and it’s easy to tell when the wound needs to be re-dressed. An abundance of fluid near the wound site might indicate it’s over hydrated. As such, occasional drainage is part of any regimen involving hydrogel dressings.
Generally speaking, collagen dressings are noticeably more expensive than standard bandages and dressings. However, medical professionals prefer this method not only for the sheer amount of wound types it works with – from foot ulcers to bed sores and large, open cuts – but also because of how effective collagen is compared to so many other currently available treatment approaches. Collagen works by increasing the movement of keratinocytes and fibroblasts, skin cells that are vital in tissue regrowth. By expediting new skin development, collagen can help reduce the risk of infection, giving bacteria less time to move in and infect your bloodstream. Additionally, the faster skin grows back, the less time you’ll have to contend with bothersome irritations.