Hydrocolloid dressings promote a moist wound-healing environment. Clinicians may choose hydrocolloid dressings for wounds that produce low to moderate exudate, and granulating and epithelializing wounds.
Hydrocolloid dressings assist in preventing bacterial contamination of the wound bed. In addition, hydrocolloid dressings are waterproof, which helps the wound bed maintain its own moist environment.
Hydrocolloid dressings are wafer dressings that comprise colloidal particles mixed into an adhesive. Clinicians apply hydrocolloid dressings directly to the wound site, changing the dressing every three to five days. When fluid from the wound comes into contact with the hydrocolloid dressing, it forms a gel that covers the wound and keeps the wound hydrated.
Hydrocolloid dressings are easy to apply and to remove. They are pliable, and easily conform to difficult areas of the body, such as heel, elbows and knees.
Last updated: 19-May-04