Clinicians apply hydrogels to a wound bed in order to foster a moist wound environment. Clinicians use wound gels to increase moisture at the wound site, or to create moisture in a dry wound bed. Hydrogels are optimal for use on any wounds with light drainage, such as blisters, abrasions, pressure ulcers, and minor burns.
Hydrogels are capable of creating a moist wound environment that assists autolytic debridement by aiding the body’s natural process. When applied to a wound, hydrogels hydrate the wound surface and soften devitalized or necrotic tissue, allowing the body's own enzymes to dissolve the unhealthy tissue.
Patients find hydrogels soothing on wounds, as they calm sensitive nerve endings. Wound gels are easy to use, and are non-adherent, making them ideal for use on delicate tissue. Hydrogels require a secondary dressing to cover the wound site.
Last updated: 19-May-04