Appropriate Dressing Selection
The correct dressing or combination of dressings should only be selected following an holistic assessment and must consider the presenting symptoms; tissue type, exudate level, infection and any patient specific elements and quality of life elements; pain, malodour. Consideration must also be given to the frequency of dressing change and the the cost effectiveness of the regime selected.
No one dressing can offer everything a wound may need at a particular time so you may find the following checklist useful to select the most appropriate dressing regime for your patient.
- The dressing provides a moist wound environment
- The dressing supports autolysis; breakdown of necrotic and slough
- The dressing promotes granulation
- The dressing is bacteria proof
- The dressing is suitable for use on infected wounds
- The dressing is absorbent and facilitates exudate management
- The dressing is non-adherent and comfortable
- The dressing is non toxic / non allergenic
- The dressing provides protection for the wound
- The dressing is easy to apply and remove
- The dressing protects the peri-wound environment
- The dressing controls malodour
- The dressing is cost effective
- The dressing is available in both hospital and community (on prescription)
Morgan, D. (2005) Formulary of Wound Management Products; a guide for healthcare staff (Ninth Edition (revised)) Euromed Communications Ltd.
Caveat: The information given is a guide only and should not replace clinical judgement.