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Wounds can be one of the major health conditions that can affect a patient’s way of life in a negative manner and it is imperative that the right kind of care is provided for these so they can bequickly healed. An optimal method for this is providing a healing environment that will be in a moist state that can increase the process of tissues being granulated in wounds. This is achieved via the use of‘hydrocolloids dressings’which are usually made from the likes ofgelatine, pectin or carboxymethyl cellulose and these can be easily adhered to the skin without the need for any additional taping as well.

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When to Use Them

Available in different forms such as powder, paste or wafer, these biodegradable dressings can be used for wounds with different levels of thickness, wounds with slough and even for ones that have moderate exudate. They can also be used in wounds caused by pressure/diabetic ulcers too. But you need to make sure that you do not use them in wounds that have fragile skin around the affected wound area, with high exudate or exposed tendons/bones. The dressings also aid in the debridement process and blocks harmful bacteria from entering the wound too. Other benefits of these include different absorption levels, all the while causing minimal trauma to the skin surrounding the wound. Some dressings come in a transparent finish that allows for better observanceof the wound and some come in thin forms and various shapes/sizes that make them effectively applicable toany area of the body. One good example for this sort of hydrocolloid dressing is the ‘replicare ultra’that can be ideal when it comes to being used in unorthodox areas like toes, heels, sacrum, etc.

The Importance of Proper Usage

As important as it is to know in which situations these dressings need to be used, it is also important that you know, how to use them properly so that the healing process will work in an efficient manner. The first step before the dressing is applied on the wound is to clean it well using a good sterile saline and then dry the skin around the wound area by gently patting on it. Then pick a dressing size that will overlap the wound for about ½ -1 inches and then after removing its safety paper, you can smoothly apply the adhesive side of the dressing over the wound.Once the dressing comes into contact with the exudate of the wound the hydrocolloid will transform into a gel form, which will not only prevent bacterial infection but will also excel the healing of the wound as well.

Usually, the severity of the wound will be the key factor to determine when the dressings needs to be changed and when it is being done, do not forget to do it gently by pulling it away from a corner as this will minimize the risk of the skin getting damaged. Once the old dressing is successfully removed, you can apply a fresh, new dressing to the wound after it is properly cleaned with water or saline. If you are having trouble doing this correctly you can always get the help of your doctor/healthcare provider as well.

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