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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | September 2013

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Superabsorbent dressings — have we reached maximum capacity?

Superabsorbent dressings — have we reached maximum capacity?
Wound Management

Pages: 66 - 72

Article topics: Exudate, Moist Wound Healing, Superabsorbent dressings, Wound Care

Exudate management is one of the key challenges for clinicians who have to deal with wounds. The World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS, 2007) highlighted the importance of appropriate dressing selection for exudate control and removal of excess exudate. Correct dressing selection ensures that the wound bed remains moist without becoming saturated, which in turn prevents damage and pain to the surrounding skin and reduces the risk of infection from strikethrough. This article examines the role of exudate in wound healing, and the inherent challenges in its management, both for patients and carers. The role of superabsorbent dressings is discussed and the findings of an evaluation of clinicians’ requirements and expectations of superabsorbent dressings are presented.

June Jones, JJ TVE, Tissue Viability Education, Southport, Merseyside
Jo Barraud, Tamaris Communications, Hitchin, Hertfordshire