Hydrogel dressing contain Amorphous hydrogels which are glycerin- and water-based products primarily manufactured for the purpose of wound hydration. These dressings help maintain a moist wound healing environment, promote granulation and epithelialization, and facilitate autolytic debridement. Because of the high water content of hydrogels, they typically cannot absorb large amounts of exudate. Hydrogel dressings are also available in sheet and impregnated in gauzes or non-woven sponges.
Amorphous hydrogel dressings feature the following general performance properties and attributes:
• Cooling action soothes and reduces pain
• Rehydrate the wound bed
• Fill in dead space
• Easy application and removal
• Can be used on infected wounds
• Facilitate autolytic debridement
• Atraumatic removal
• Can be used with topical medications
Amorphous hydrogels are indicated for use as a primary dressing in the treatment of minimally draining partial- and full-thickness wounds such asstage II-IV pressure ulcers, deep wounds, minor burns, infected wounds, dermal ulcers, skin tears, donor sites, radiation dermatitis and wounds with necrosis or slough.
Amorphous hydrogel dressings are contraindicated for use on wounds with heavy exudate.