You are on page 1of 3



a smartPAC (



F (
T ( (

To Search; type and hit Enter

How Wound Dressings Affect Wound

Healing Times

Please note: blog posts are rarely

updated after the original post.

July 17, 2014 by Advanced Tissue (

Because the medical industry is

/advancedtissue/) 0 2

ever changing; please make

certain to reference the current
product list

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

/download-free-guide/) as well as
up-to-date industry information
when considering product selection
or treatment. Always consult a
physician to discuss specific
concerns or questions related to
your health.

Advances in the technology of wound dressings meant to accelerate wound

healing times are supported by evidence that maintaining the right wound


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,

advanced wound care


and scarring that impede wound healing.

Why Wound Healing Times Are Impacted by

Wound Dressing Types


Optimal wound dressings (


treatment) will protect surrounding healthy skin, support autolytic


debridement, and absorb exudate. Unless wound dressings possess these

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


to serious conditions such as necrosis and infection.

amputation wound

Recommended advanced wound dressing types




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

burn wound

impact wound healing times:

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,

burn wound care

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


and for naturally extracting foreign bodies from wounds so that surgical


intervention may be avoided (

burn wounds


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

chronic wound healing

chronic wounds

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.

Composed of fibers derived from brown seaweed, alginate dressings create


moist environments for wounds (


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


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

collagen dressing

alginates enhance wound healing times for venous and advanced stage
pressure ulcers ( and is useful when wound packing is


Collagen dressings encourage tissue regeneration, impede bacteria from

diabetes wounds

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


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


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

diabetic foot ulcer

diabetic foot ulcers

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

( which


initiates the formation of scabs that impede wound healing. Wounds


kept moist with moisture-retentive dressings improves migration of

diabetic ulcers

epidermal cells while encouraging epithelialization (





diabetic wound care


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

diabetic wounds

Necrosis Dead tissue surrounding or covering the wound will delay


wound healing times unless the tissue is debrided and thoroughly


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

healing wounds

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


Pressure Sustained, heavy pressure to wounds impedes blood flow


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

for normal wound healing because it contains platelets and white blood

hydrocolloid dressings

cells ( that

expedite healing times.

Edema Extreme swelling around the wound deprives the wound of


an adequate blood supply and demands treatment for normal healing to




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

infected toe

suppression, and blood chemistry irregularity may also interfere with


retaining normal wound healing times.

infected wound

Wound Dressing Complements in Wound Healing


Medications such as povidone-iodine and saline are highly effective


complements to wound dressings in maintaining normal wound healing


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

(, PVP-I

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


dressings that may remain in the wound.

Learn more about how the right wound dressings complement normal wound
healing times from the Advanced Tissue Wound Product Poster



pressure ulcers
surgical wounds
venous stasis

Download our FREE Wound Treatment

Product Guide for more information on
wound healing.

Download Now

wound care


wound care products
wound care supplies


Twitter (

LinkedIn (

wound care treatment
wound debridement

Google (

Print (

Email (

wound drainage

wound dressings (,

wound healing stages (

wound dressing

Related Posts

wound dressings

5 Signs of Non-Healing Wounds

To safeguard your health, be on the lookout for the signs of

wound healing

non-healing wounds. According to estimates from a 2012 report in


the journal Wounds, chronic, non-healing wounds affect about two


percent of all Americans. There are several different reasons why

wound healing stages

wounds dont heal, including systemic bacterial infection, overall


poor circulation and fluid buildup in major []


wound infection


wound infections

The 6 High-Protein Foods Best for Wound Healing

wound infection treatment

New Diagnostic Devices Offers Promise for Improved Wound


wound supplies

Better Treatment for Lymphedema and Lipedema

Swedish Researchers Developing New Drug for Slow-Healing