The Features of Ultra Absorbent Wound Dressings
Ultra-absorbent wound dressings are a favorite of wound care experts for managing wounds with significant discharge because of the following features. They Include;
- They can absorb large volumes of fluid: These wound dressings are designed for moderately to heavily oozing wounds. They can be used as the primary dressing for discharging wounds or in conjunction with other dressings if a very high absorbency is needed.
- They prevent infection of exuding wounds: One of the distinct features of ultra-absorbent wound dressings is a fluid-repellent lining that prevents external contamination of the injury and protects clothing and bed linen from exudate strike-through. This helps keep the patient as comfortable as possible during their recovery. Because the backing protects the sides of the dressing, it also stops any leakage from occurring on the sides.
- They are long-lasting; Ultra absorbent dressings are tough and durable. They can be used on wounds for a week or more.
- They are easy to apply and breathable: It is easy to use these dressings on wounds. They are incorporated with quality protective pads, which makes them very comfortable to wear. In addition, they are permeable, allowing water vapor to escape and hastening the healing of wounds.
How To Use Ultra-Absorbent Wound Dressings
Applying an ultra-absorbent dressing to your wounds is really easy. You shouldn't experience difficulties if you adhere to the manufacturer's guidelines. Follow these steps to ensure you put these dressings on your wounds correctly.
- Use a disinfectant or saline solution to wash the wound and the surrounding skin.
- Remove excess moisture from the wound by patting it dry. This will help the dressing stay in place.
- Open the dressing packet and bring out the dressing in a sterile manner.
- The wound dressings should be placed directly on the wound or over a contact layer dressing, with at least a centimeter of overlap on the surrounding skin.
- Secure the wound dressing with a fixation tape or self-adherent bandages (e.g., Mefix)
Ultra-absorbent dressings are the go-to wound care products for wounds with a large amount of discharge.