Dressings for chronic wounds
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Update on Understanding and Managing Chronic Wounds
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 197–206, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Powers, J. G., Morton, L. M. and Phillips, T. J. (2013), Dressings for chronic wounds. Dermatologic Therapy, 26: 197–206. doi: 10.1111/dth.12055
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
- chronic wounds;
- moisture-retentive dressings;
- wound dressings
Covering wounds, acute and chronic, is one of the most fundamental activities of any medical practitioner. Although wound dressings primarily serve to contain the “good” and keep out the “bad,” research has characterized more specifically the sophisticated interaction between the human wound bed and its dressing counterpart. Wound dressings for today's chronic wounds come in many flavors, ranging from the classic types of moisture-retentive dressings to silver-coated varieties to biologic dressings serving as skin substitutes. Moisture-retentive dressing types include foams, films, hydrogels, hydrocolloids, and alginates. Appropriate use of these dressings can help to keep the wound bed moist, which allows for epithelial migration, angiogenesis, retention of growth factors, autolytic debridement, and maintenance of electrical gradients.