Hydrocolloid Dressings

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Features of Hydrocolloid Wound Dressings

Hydrocolloid dressings have the following features and benefits:
  • Maintain moisture balance by forming a gel on coming in contact with wound exudate
  • Impermeable to water, gases, bacteria and other external contaminants
  • Do not adhere to the moist wound base
  • May be used under compression products
  • Designed to be worn for 1 to 7 days
  • Can be cut to fit 
  • Self-adherent
  • Water-resistant
  • Moldable

When to use Hydrocolloid Dressings?

Hydrocolloid wound dressings are suggested to be used as either a primary or secondary dressing in the treatment of the following:
  • Lightly to moderately exuding wounds
  • Wounds with necrotic tissue or slough
  • Partial- and full-thickness wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Dermal ulcers
  • Lacerations
  • Skin tears

Hydrocolloid Dressing Contraindications

Hydrocolloid wound dressings are usually contraindicated for the following:
  • Tunneling wounds or sinus tracts
  • Wounds with fragile peri-wound skin
  • Burns or dry wounds
  • Wounds with exposed tendon or bone
  • Wounds with heavy exudate
  • Full-thickness wounds
  • Infected wounds