Collagen Dressings

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Features of Collagen Wound Dressings

Collagen dressings have the following features and benefits:


  • Maintain moist wound environment conducive to healing
  • Some interact with wound exudate to form a gel
  • May be used with topical agents
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Non-adherent
  • Absorbent
  • Conformable

When are Collagen Dressings Used?

Collagen dressings are used as primary dressings for the treatment of the following:

  • Partial and full thickness wounds
  • Minimal to heavy exudate wounds
  • Skin grafts and donor sites
  • Pressure ulcers, venous ulcers and diabetic ulcers
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Tunneling wounds
  • Second-degree burns
  • Necrotic or granulating wounds
  • Infected and non-infected wounds
  • Abrasions

Contraindications of Collagen Dressings

Collagen wound dressings are generally contraindicated for:

  • Third-degree (full-thickness) burns
  • Dry wounds
  • Wounds covered in dry eschar
  • Patients with sensitivities to collagen or porcine, bovine or avian products.