Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wound care wisdom, part deux

Here are some quick tidbits on dressing types.
-Hydrogels are the way to go for wet-to-dry; they work well for most applications
-Hydrocolloids are not appropriate for acute care, but might be okay for nursing homes
-Acrylics only have to be changed every 7 days (can sometimes last even longer)
-Foams are best for shallow wounds on the extremities; don't use on the sacrum
-Aliginates are used for lots of drainage
-Hydrofibers absorb 3x more than aliginates
-Xenaderm is good for progressive stage I/II ulcers
-Betadine keeps necrotic tissue dry and is best for heels and toes