An occlusive dressing is used to completely cover a wound sealing it from bacteria, air, and moisture. Occlusive dressings may be used alone on minor wounds or in conjunction with other products for deeper penetrating or moderately exudating wounds. The secure seal helps keep out contaminants and ensure a healthy healing environment.
Benefits of using an Occlusive Dressing
As mentioned previously, an occlusive dressing keeps the wounds safe from contaminants and moisture creating a beneficial healing environment. The airtight seal also helps keeps wounds from reopening and retains a moist atmosphere for tissue to repair itself. An occlusive dressing can also be used in conjunction with hydrogels, hydrocolloids, and films for more progressed wounds requiring debridement and exudate absorption.
Drawbacks of an Occlusive Dressing
For highly exudating wounds or difficult to dress areas, an occlusive dressing may not be the best choice. Designed to tightly seal the affected area, high exudate wounds requiring drainage or absorption will not be able to discharge adequately leading to slow healing and potential infection. Areas that are hard to dress like joints may not be able to enjoy the advantages of the dressing's sealing properties, as well. In particular, skin that is degraded or infected may become macerated due to the high adherence of occlusive dressing.
An occlusive dressing can come in the form of films, hydrogels, or hydrocolloids and provide excellent protection from external contaminants. Browse a complete line of occlusive dressing online today or call to consult with a helpful customer service associate by phone at 1-888-687-4334.