Dressings




  • Suggests on how best to facilitate an 'ideal' wound dressing and what factors to take into consideration
  • Guides on how to chose an appropriate dressing according to cost, suitability and more
  • Draws upon the several types of dressings including dressings for hydration, moisture retention, exudate management and so on

Just as every person is different, every wound is different. Each wound management regimen must therefore be individually tailored in conjunction with the patient to meet his or her needs. This chapter discusses the role and function of wound dressing, presuming that other necessary components of wound management have been identified- and addressed in an appropriate manner.


Contents include

  • Moist wound healing
  • The 'ideal' wound dressing
    • Objectives
    • Moist wound environment
    • Wound temperature
    • Barrier to infection
    • Comfort and patient education
  • Choosing a dressing
    • Functionality of dressing products
    • Exudate
    • Changing a choice of dressing
    • Cost-effectiveness of dressings
  • Types of dressings
    • Dressings for hydration-hydrogels
    • Dressings for moisture retention
    • Dressings for exudate management
    • Antimicrobial dressings
    • Absorbent dressings
    • Inert dressings
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Author / Editor Biographies

Nurse Practitioner Wound Management
Sue Templeton works as the Nurse Practitioner Wound Management for RDNS SA. Sue has worked in wound management since 1987 and has extensive clinical experience managing a variety of acute and chronic wounds. Sue provides clinical consultancy services, develops and delivers wound management education and is involved in the development of wound management tools, policies and procedures. Sue has been involved in AWMA/Wounds Australia at a national and local level for a number of years. Sue has undertaken clinical research and published and presented locally, nationally and internationally. Sue ha...

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