Similar to hydrogels, hydrogel sheet dressings foster a moist wound environment. Clinicians use hydrogel sheet dressings on minor wounds with light to moderate drainage, such as abrasions, skin tears, and minor burns to prevent drying of tissue. Because of their structure, hydrogel sheet dressings absorb a limited amount of exudate from the wound bed, and are usually not the choice for wounds producing moderate or heavy drainage.
Hydrogel sheet dressings are generally comfortable for patients. Like hydrogels, many patients find hydrogel sheets soothing, resulting in reduced levels of pain in abrasions and minor burns.
Hydrogel sheet dressings come with and without an adhesive border. If it does not have a border, patients can secure it in place with tape or a roll of gauze. Typically, a patient should change hydrogel sheet dressings every one to two days.
Last updated: 19-May-04