Dispensing surgical dressings in your office improves outcomes, improves patient satisfaction, and can result in tremendous profits. The main surgical dressings that can be dispensed include:
With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to select the best option. In the first of this blog series intended to help with that selection, we investigate foam dressings.
AMERX® Foam Dressing is highly absorbent, which helps us with heavily draining wounds. Excessive drainage can contribute to maceration, infection, and other complications. Foam dressings can help prevent these complications and maintain a healthy wound environment even in the face of heavy drainage. Venous leg ulcers often present with the volume of drainage that necessitates a foam dressing. Foam dressings are also particularly useful in situations where a dressing may need to be left in place for multiple days, as foam can handle multiple days’ worth of drainage. This may occur following a procedure or when the patient relies on assistance for dressing changes and availability of that assistance is limited.
Combining with Other Dressings
Foam dressings can serve as either a primary dressing or a secondary dressing. Foam serves as a primary dressing when it is applied directly to the wound bed. It can serve as a secondary dressing when it covers and secures a primary dressing in place. For example, collagen powder as the primary dressing and foam as the secondary dressing are often dispensed together for wounds with moderate drainage. The requirements for the wound to have moderate to heavy drainage and to be Stage III or IV apply to foam as both a primary dressing and a secondary dressing.