Use of foam Dressing for Exudative Wounds and Graft Recipient area as Compared to Gauze Dressing

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Author(s): Dr. H.M. Umar Bashir Hashmi (MBBS), Dr. Mohammad Mughese Amin (FCPS Plastic Surgery) Dr. Fahad Nazar (MBBS), Dr. Zahra Babar (MBBS)

Pages: 17-22 |

Backdround: Traditional dressing on dirty wounds was cotton and gauze pads. Due to high cotton fibers and loose threads and low absorption rates we were struggling with this dressing. Secondly preparing these dressings also need lots of labor and resources. OBJECTIVES: The comparative study was conducted to compare foam dressing and conventional gauze dressing with reference to healing time and chances of infection in exudative wounds and on skin graft. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred patients were included in the study, from Plastic Surgery Ward, Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) during twelve months, from 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2013. Fifty patients with exudative wounds had foam dressings while fifty had gauze dressings, which were observed over time. RESULTS: Results showed that granulation with foam dressing is almost 7 days as compared to gauze dressing, which on average takes 12 days to heal. Whereas chances of infection with foam dressing also reduces two times as that from gauze dressing. CONCLUSION: In conclusion foam dressing is recommended for dirty exudative wounds because of its high absorptive nature, a kind of low negative suction effect, easy to prepare and low cost.