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Using Abdominal Pads for Wound Care

Our first priority after any injury or surgery is healing, obviously. Wound care that is a bit advanced may need a different approach. Sometimes slapping a Band-Aid on something is not exactly the best way to approach recovery from a wound or surgical incision. During the recovery process wound exudate can be an issue and dealing with it sometimes requires a sterile abdominal pad. These pads (also known as ABD pads) remove excretions from wounds promoting healing in a variety of applications and are available in sterile and non-sterile versions. These pads can be used in conjunction with antibiotic ointments to expedite healing and preventing infection.

A moist wound bed will heal faster, especially for large wounds, as well as scrapes. Creating the best possible healing environment can be improved through the use of these abdominal pads, which can help seal out contaminants, while absorbing fluid and allowing the healing process to continue unfettered.

Exudate vs. Transudate

 Using Abdominal Pads for Wound Care

Wounds that ooze or expel fluids may seem one in the same, but there is a subtle difference. Fluid that is rich in cells, cellular debris, and proteins is considered exudate, whereas clear fluid that is relatively devoid of proteins and cells is considered transudate. These terms are used to define this discharge, not the ailment or injury causing them, but often they are used in association with pleural effusions. No matter which you are dealing with, this excess fluid needs to be safely removed from the wound bed in a sterile manner. Maximum absorbency is crucial in removing exudate from a wound or incision. Look for an abdominal pad that offers all four edges that are sealed to prevent any lint residue and leakage, such as the Medtronic Covidien Curity Abdominal Pad. Keeping foreign material away from the wound bed is critical for healing, because it’s when bacteria or other germs enter a wound that the risk of infection is greatest. Exudate fluid is usually produced by inflammation, whereas transudate fluid is produced due to a change in something such as hydrostatic pressure which causes inflammation. Removing this discharge and keeping the wound bed free from bacteria and germs will help expedite healing.

Not Just a Band-Aid

Many folks may feel that any sterile pad can do the trick, but that is not exactly accurate. Depending on your type of wound you may require a larger, more absorbent wound dressing. For those who suffer from a heavy exudate, the need for a moisture barrier to prevent leakage may be necessary. For instance, the Cardinal Health Absorbent Abdominal Pads incorporate a hydrophobic backing to prevent fluid strike through. Talk about avoiding any embarrassing or unhealthy situations!! Infection control and peace of mind in one package, brilliant!! Many of these abominable pads utilize a cellulose center, with a non-woven exterior to wick away fluid that may seep from recovering wounds. These cellulose fibers allow any exudate/transudate fluid to disperse throughout the pad. Simply find the correct size you need and secure in place with a wrap. Abdominal pads are perfect for large trauma sites, abdominal wounds or incisions and as a secondary dressing over wounds that discharge fluid.

 Using Abdominal Pads for Wound Care

Working with your doctor or wound nurse, you can come up with a schedule for when you need to remove and replace an existing abdominal pad that has absorbed enough fluid. Maybe you need an abdominal pad to handle a moderate to heavy draining wound. You should opt for a pad designed specifically for this instance, such as the Medtronic Covidien Curity Tendersorb Abdominal Pads with Wet Proof Barrier. These are designed to handle the larger amounts of exudate/transudate that some wounds can produce. With the ability to absorb twice the amount as other pads, they can reduce the amount of dressing changes needed, making this dressing economical and convenient. This type of abdominal pad can decrease the risk of wound contamination and prevent particulate matter from escaping. This infection prevention can help expedite healing as well as avoiding potential health issues down the road.

Wound care is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Incisions and wounds come in different sizes and shapes and may require a different approach for each case. For wounds that produce a moderate to heavy amount of exudate, an abdominal pad may be the appropriate approach for you. You should work closely with your doctor to determine exactly the right approach for any wound care plan.

 

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