Conflict of interest The preparation of this manuscript was supported by an educational grant from Novartis Consumer Health GmbH, Munich, to Dr C. Schöllmann.
Management of minor acute cutaneous wounds: importance of wound healing in a moist environment
Article first published online: 6 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology © 2010 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 130–137, February 2011
How to Cite
Korting, H., Schöllmann, C. and White, R. (2011), Management of minor acute cutaneous wounds: importance of wound healing in a moist environment. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 25: 130–137. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3083.2010.03775.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JUL 2010
- Received: 28 December 2009; Accepted: 31 May 2010
- acute wounds;
- hydroactive substances;
- moist wound healing
Moist wound care has been established as standard therapy for chronic wounds with impaired healing. Healing in acute wounds, in particular in minor superficial acute wounds – which indeed are much more numerous than chronic wounds – is often taken for granted because it is assumed that in those wounds normal phases of wound healing should run per se without any problems. But minor wounds such as small cuts, scraps or abrasions also need proper care to prevent complications, in particular infections. Local wound care with minor wounds consists of thorough cleansing with potable tap water or normal saline followed by the application of an appropriate dressing corresponding to the principles of moist wound treatment. In the treatment of smaller superficial wounds, it appears advisable to limit the choice of dressing to just a few products that fulfil the principles of moist wound management and are easy to use. Hydroactive colloid gels combining the attributes of hydrocolloids and hydrogels thus being appropriate for dry and exuding wounds appear especially suitable for this purpose – although there is still a lack of data from systematic studies on the effectiveness of these preparations.