Silicone Dressing

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Features of Silicone Wound Dressings

  • Made from a particular type of solid silicones, which are soft, tacky and adhere to dry surfaces
  • Consist of alternate silicone and oxygen atoms with organic groups connected to the silicone atoms 
  • Soft silicone dressing is coated with soft silicone as a wound contact layer or an adhesive 
  • Atraumatic to the wound and surrounding skin
  • Easy to apply
  • Decreased pain on removal 
  • May be cut to size 
  • Conformable

When to use Silicone Wound Dressing?

Silicone dressing for wounds can be used for the following: 

  • To assist in the treatment of keloid and hypertrophic scars 

  • Prophylaxis for pressure injuries 

  • Prophylaxis of skin radiotherapy burns

  • Traumatic wounds 

  • Skin grafts 

  • Donor sites

  • Skin tears 

  • Leg ulcers

When to avoid using Silicone Dressings?

  • Can be used on infected wounds only if appropriate antibiotic coverage is taken
  • Should not be used on patients with a silicone sensitivity or allergy