Cover Dressings for Wound Treatment

What are the Features of Cover Dressings?

Here are some properties that make covering unique and a handy wound care tool for health professionals. They include:

  1. They secure primary dressings: Typically, cover dressings have an inherent adhesive border instilled with mild polyacrylate glue, which keeps contact wound dressings in place [1]. Furthermore, the adherent property of cover dressings is mild. It prevents adherence to the wound bed, which can result in wound trauma while securing contact dressings firmly.
  2. They are absorbent: Cover dressings have excellent absorptive properties. They take in excess exudates from primary wound dressings and directly from wounds. In addition, their multi-layered structure increases the ability to absorb fluids.
  3. They are water resistant: These dressings are designed to be impervious to water, bacteria and viruses in the external environment. This keeps the wound from getting contaminated. Also, they usually have a semi-permeable membrane that allows water vapor to escape from wounds while keeping enough moisture in the wound area.
  4. They are easy to apply. Typically, cover dressings for wounds are easy to handle. They are made of non-woven polyester material, making them easy to apply on wounds, durable, and reducing friction on other dressings [2].

What are the indications of Cover dressings?

Some of the medical conditions where cover dressings are relevant include:
  • Wounds with a significant amount of exudate, such as cuts, burns, ulcers, lacerations etc. [1]. Cover dressings can be applied as the primary wound dressing for these injuries.
  • Cover dressings are used as secondary dressings for gel, alginate and other non-adherent dressings.
How to Apply Cover Dressings on Wounds

Cover dressings are easy to apply. Following the manufacturer's recommendations can make the process seamless for you. Here are tips you can follow to apply these wound dressings.
  • Clean your hands and put on surgical gloves
  • You should gently disinfect the wound and pat the skin dry.
  • Take the cover dressing out of the packaging and peel off the backing paper.
  • Apply the adhesive surface of the dressing to the skin around the wound
  • Please do not over-stretch the dressing when applying it.
  • Rub the edges of the cover dressing down to make sure it sticks well

Cover dressings for exceptional wound care products. They are helpful for many wounds, either as primary wound care material or secondary dressings.

  1. Gray, D. G., Russell, F., Flett, A., & Cooper, P. J. (2002). Mepore Ultra and Alldress: primary and secondary dressings. British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 11(20 Suppl), S50, S52–S54.
  2. Gray, D. G., White, R., Russell, F., & Cooper, P. J. (2002). Secondary wound dressings: an evaluation of Alldress. British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 11(17), 1157–1161.
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