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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | June 2017

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Using an innovative dressing to balance wound moisture

Using an innovative dressing to balance wound moisture

Article topics: Autolytic debridement, Dressing choice, Exudate, Moisture balance, Wounds

Exudate management in chronic wounds and hard-to-heal wounds is a vital process and community nurses need to be aware of the best practice evidence as well as correct product choice. This is particularly important when attempting to provide the  optimum moist healing environment and achieve a balance of moisture in the wound bed. Another important element in chronic wounds is the promotion of autolytic debridement, which helps to ensure that healing is not complicated by any devitalised tissue, which can harbour bacteria and impede new tissue growth. This article investigates best practice in the treatment of chronic wounds, with a focus on the management of moisture in the wound bed. The author also looks at one dressing in particular, Cutimed HydroControl® (BSN medical, an SCA company), which uses an osmotic effect and a high moisture vapour transmission rate (MVTR) to ensure that excessive wound exudate is drawn away from the wound bed, while also ensuring that fresh exudate is produced to promote autolytic debridement and maintain moisture levels in dry wounds. Cutimed HydroControl is able to avoid inappropriate dressing use by facilitating the needs of both exuding and dry wounds, thereby ensuring an optimum moist wound environment