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How Wound Dressings Affect Wound


Healing Times

Please note: blog posts are rarely


updated after the original post.

July 17, 2014 by Advanced Tissue (http://www.advancedtissue.com/author

Because the medical industry is

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ever changing; please make


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Speci&c wound
dressings used in
treating wounds can
impact or impair
normal wound
healing times.

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up-to-date industry information
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or treatment. Always consult a
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Advances in the technology of wound dressings meant to accelerate wound


healing times are supported by evidence that maintaining the right wound

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environment, whether dry or moist, optimizes the natural healing process.


When improperly dressed, wounds of all severities may heal
inappropriately, producing negative effects that include infection, blistering,

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alginates

and scarring that impede wound healing.

Why Wound Healing Times Are Impacted by


Wound Dressing Types

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Optimal wound dressings (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/194018-

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treatment) will protect surrounding healthy skin, support autolytic

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debridement, and absorb exudate. Unless wound dressings possess these


characteristics, problematic wound healing is likely to occur that could lead

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to serious conditions such as necrosis and infection.

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Recommended advanced wound dressing types

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process/) include the following, which all have their own properties that

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impact wound healing times:

Hydrocolloid
Offering colloidal particles such as cellulose, pectin, and gelatin that
effectively maintain hydration of the wound, hydrocolloid dressings are
primarily used on pressure ulcers, burns, wounds suffering from necrosis,

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or venous ulcers. This dressing type is also conducive to debriding wounds

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and for naturally extracting foreign bodies from wounds so that surgical

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intervention may be avoided (http://www.wounds-uk.com/made-

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easy/hydrocolloids-in-practice/page-3).

Hydrogel
A hydrogel dressing is primarily based in glycerin or water constituents and

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chronic wounds
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comes in gauze, gels, or sheets. Providing an ideally moist environment to


facilitate wound healing, hydrogel dressings also eases pain by cooling the
skin and hydrating desiccated tissue with rich amounts of water molecules.

Alginates
Composed of fibers derived from brown seaweed, alginate dressings create

collagen

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wound-care-dressings/) by reacting to wound chemistry and forming a gel

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while protecting the wound. An absorptive, easily removable dressing,

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alginates enhance wound healing times for venous and advanced stage
pressure ulcers (http://www.advancedtissue.com/mds-3-0-section-m-skinconditions-maximize-coding-accuracy/) and is useful when wound packing is

necessary.

Collagen
Collagen dressings encourage tissue regeneration, impede bacteria from

diabetes wounds

entering the wound, absorb fluids, and maintain a moist environment to

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expedite wound healing times. Collagen dressings work well to heal chronic

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wounds, surgical wounds, ulcers, burns, and bed sores as collagen

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promotes development of fibroblast cells.

Additional Factors Affecting Normal Wound


Healing Times
Desiccation Wounds that are kept moist typically heal with less
complications and pain than desiccated, or dry, wounds. Dehydrated
environments surrounding wounds cause rapid cell death

diabetic ulcer

(http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131113105703.htm) which

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initiates the formation of scabs that impede wound healing. Wounds

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kept moist with moisture-retentive dressings improves migration of

diabetic ulcers

epidermal cells while encouraging epithelialization (http://journals.lww.com

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/Checklist_for_Factors_Affecting_Wound_Healing.10.aspx).

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Bacterial Infection Wound infections are recognizable by a


foul-smelling drainage seeping from an inflamed wound and, in more
serious infections, the presence of fever in the individual suffering the
wound.

diabetic wounds

Necrosis Dead tissue surrounding or covering the wound will delay

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wound healing times unless the tissue is debrided and thoroughly

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removed. Common necrotic tissue types include eschar (leathery, dry,

healing wounds

and often black tissue) and slough (moist, stringy tissue).

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Pressure Sustained, heavy pressure to wounds impedes blood flow

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to the wound and delays healing. Fresh, oxygenated blood is necessary


for normal wound healing because it contains platelets and white blood

hydrocolloid dressings
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cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004983/) that

expedite healing times.


Edema Extreme swelling around the wound deprives the wound of

hydrogel

an adequate blood supply and demands treatment for normal healing to

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occur.

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Systemic factors such as age, weight, chronic disease, immune system

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suppression, and blood chemistry irregularity may also interfere with

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retaining normal wound healing times.

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Wound Dressing Complements in Wound Healing

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Medications such as povidone-iodine and saline are highly effective

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complements to wound dressings in maintaining normal wound healing

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times. As an antibacterial solution used in the early stages of wound healing


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promotes debridement while saline solutions may help normalize wound


healing times by efficiently cleaning wounds, irrigating dry wounds,
removing necrotic tissue and clearing away any dissolved polymer

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dressings that may remain in the wound.


Learn more about how the right wound dressings complement normal wound
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