Frequently Asked Questions on Collagen Dressing

What is a collagen dressing?
A collagen dressing is a type of wound dressing made with a form of collagen to aid in the body's healing processes. Collagen is a category of structural proteins that are naturally present in almost every part of the human body and especially common in connective tissue.

In a wound, the application of these proteins protects the body's own collagen from degradation because of over-activity of enzymes so that body has the building materials needed to repair the damage.
Are there any contraindications for collagen dressings?
Don’t use collagen dressings in the following circumstances:
• Third-degree burns
• Patient sensitivity to bovine (cattle), porcine (swine), or avian (bird) products
• Wounds covered in dry eschar
How to apply collagen dressings?
Some collagen products will require a secondary cover dressing. Application technique varies based upon manufacturer recommendations.
What should be the frequency of collagen dressing changes?
The frequency of dressing changes will vary depending on the brand, but ranges from daily to every 7 days.
What are the various formulations available for collagen dressings?
A variety of topical formulations of collagen are available, such as freeze-dried sheets, pastes, pads, powder and gels. Some dressings include alginates or even antimicrobial additives. The collagen source varies — bovine, porcine or avian.
Any indications for collagen dressings?
- Wounds that have 'stalled' in the healing phase
- Partial thickness burns
- Diabetic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Skin graft donor sites
- Dehisced surgical wounds
- Infected wounds, providing the infection is managed locally or systemically