Foam Dressings

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Features of Foam Wound Dressings

Foam wound care dressings have the following features and properties:
  • Provide a warm, moist environment conducive to healing
  • Protect wound and peri-wound area from trauma
  • Do not adhere to the wound bed and allow for atraumatic removal
  • Serve as a cushion to protect the wound bed
  • Provide thermal insulation for the wound
  • Protect intact skin over friction areas or bony prominences
  • Easy to apply and remove
  • Good MVTR and O2 permeability
  • Provide a barrier against bacteria
  • Support autolytic debridement
  • May be used under compression
  • Conformable and comfortable
  • Non-linting

When to use Foam Wound Dressings?

Foam wound dressing can be used as a primary dressing to make direct contact with the wound surface or a secondary dressing to cover a primary dressing. It is indicated for the following:

  • Low to heavily exuding wounds
  • Partial or full-thickness wounds
  • Granulating and epithelialising wounds
  • May be used on infected wounds, cavity wounds or tunneling wounds
  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Surgical wounds and incisions
  • Draining peristomal wounds
  • Stage II-IV pressure ulcers
  • Leg ulcers
  • Dermal ulcers
  • Donor sites
  • Skin tears
  • Burns

Contraindications of Foam Dressings

  • May cause peri-wound maceration in highly exuding wounds
  • Third-degree burns
  • Dry or non-draining wounds