Article Title

The art and science of selecting appropriate dressings for acute open wounds in general practice

Abstract

Background

Acute open wounds constitute a significant part of general practice. With an expanding global market of dressing products, selection of wound dressings remains an area of concern among doctors entering general practice.

Objective

The aim of this article is to describe a practical guide for choosing appropriate dressings when treating acute open wounds in general practice.

Discussion

Although dressing is an essential element of standard wound care, it is important to remember that dressing alone does not heal the wound. Judicious selection of dressings based on wound characteristics, physical properties of dressings and their costs, shelf life and availability are important for delivering appropriate care towards timely healing of acute wounds.

Keywords

Wound care, Wound dressings, Dressing selection, Dressing assessments

Link to Publisher Version (URL)

10.31128/AJGP-06-22-6462

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