STEP 7: Wound Dressings and Grafts: If you have a wound, it should really be covered with dressings to protect and pad the wound. There are a lot of different dressings out there, so here are some tips on which dressing may be right for you:
A thin clear film on your wound is biofilm. It’s like a soap scum that sits on top of your wound. It prevents your wound from healing and needs to be removed.
A wound with A LOT of drainage needs a seaweed (or alginate) dressing to absorb drainage and bacteria.
Deep AND draining wounds need a foam dressing
Black or dry wounds need a hydrogel to keep it moist
Wounds with healthy, red tissue can use a hydrogel too
Yellow, fibrous wounds are challenging. This tissue needs to turn red and healthy.
Infected wounds benefit from iodine or a silver dressing (it doesn’t actually look like jewelry)
Make sure your dressing is getting changed regularly
If your wound hasn’t been healing quickly, ask your doctor about ‘skin substitutes’
Most important thing to remember is that bad tissue needs to be removed!