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What is Foam Dressing?

Foam dressings provide a warm, moist environment to wounds for optimal healing. Foam Dressings are made of semi-permeable/hydrophilic polyurethane foam; these dressings are adherent and non-adherent plus non-linting with a waterproof outer layer. Highly absorbent in nature, they are suitable for light-to-moderate-to-heavy exuding wounds. They are simple, reliable, and available in multiple size and shape options.

How do Foam Dressings work?

Foam dressings for wounds are known to provide the right amount of moisture required for healing. They provide a protective barrier against bacteria and shield the wound from infections. These dressings allow water vapor to enter but not bacteria and other contaminants. Foam dressings provide insulation keeping the wound bed warm and moist.

They do not adhere to the wound and, therefore, permit trauma-free dressing change. Such dressings serve as a cushion on the wound surface. You can use these dressings during compression therapy and also on wounds with hyper-granulation and infections.

Features of Foam Bandages

What is a Foam Dressing used for?

Foam dressings can be used on many wound types and are highly effective on granulating and ephithelializing wounds. They may be used to absorb drainage around tubes and as secondary dressings for wounds requiring packing.

Wounds that could benefit from a foam bandage are:

How to apply Foam Dressings?

It is essential to understand the proper way to apply and remove the foam dressing, and you should follow your physician's instructions. In general terms, the steps are:

How often to change Foam Dressing?

In the case of foam dressings, there's less need to change dressing frequently – generally, patients need to change the foam dressing every 2 to 4 days. That's why these dressing are often used for highly leaky wounds.

Types of Wound Care Foam Dressings

By properties, they include -

  • Water-proof,
  • Bordered,
  • Non-adhesive,
  • Self-adhesive,
  • Adhesive,
  • Without border and
  • Adhesive border dressings.
 

What Type of Wound is a Foam Dressing Contraindicated?

Do not use foam wound dressing if:

Where to buy Silicone Foam Dressing online?

We have several types of foam wound dressings from trusted makers like Hollister, Medline, Covidien/Medtronic, Ferris Mfg, Molnlycke Healthcare, Acelity/Systagenix, ConvaTec, Hartmann USA, Coloplast, etc.

Medline Optifoam wound dressings are a popular choice for their conformability and for preventing shear and friction. The Molnlycke Lyofoam dressing works under compression and has high absorbency and fluid retention capabilities. An open-cell foam pad, 3M Reston is developed to protect against skin damage caused by splints, casts and prostheses. The ConvaTec Aquacel Foam Pro is multi-layered silicone foam dressing and powered by Hydrofiber technology. Medline Optifoam Gentle Dressing is highly absorbent which helps in creating ideal healing environment. Mepilex Lite is designed for low-exuding acute and chronic wounds. It locks in exudate through vertical wicking reducing maceration risks of the peri-wound skin. Hydrofera Blue Ready Antibacterial Foam Dressing is designed to protect the wound. It contains antibacterial properties that help reduce the risk of harmful bacterial contamination from the wound bed.

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FAQ's

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Foam dressings are made from semi-permeable polyurethane and are non-adherent and non-linting. They create a moist environment effective for healing of wounds. Foam dressings allow entry of moisture but keep bacteria and other contaminants away from the wound site. It is available in various shapes and sizes with an outer layer may be water proof or hydrophobic. Certain dressings possess adhesive tapes, or borders, across the edge so that application can be made with greater ease. Foam dressings are available in pads, sheets as well as cavity dressings.

Foam dressings are meant for partial or full thickness wounds with moderate or greater drainage. This dressing type helps treat wounds with moderate amount of exudate such as abrasions, incisions, lacerations, pressure ulcers, infected wounds as well as draining peristomal wounds. It can be used either as a primary dressing or secondary dressing with the former more in direct contact with the wound and the latter used to cover the primary dressing.

  • Clean wound area with saline solution.
  • Dry surrounding skin with sterile piece of gauze.
  • Place dressing on wound at least one inch beyond wound edge.
  • Cover with secondary dressing in case of absence of an adhesive.
  • Use tapes to hold dressing in place.

Merits:
  • Offers a warm, moist environment most appropriate for healing. 
  • Provides cushioned protection to the wound site.
  • Acts as a barrier against bacteria.
  • Beneficial on infectious wounds.
  • Suitable for wounds with hypergranulation.
  • Can be used during compression therapy.
  • Provides ease in application and removal.
  • Can be cut to accommodate tubes.

Demerits:
  • Too dry on wounds with little exudate.
  • Risk of skin maceration if dressing gets too saturated with exudate. 
  • Inappropriate for third degree burns, sinus tracts or wounds with dry eschar. 
  • Can prove expensive in case of excess exudate which requires frequent dressing changes.
  • May require secondary dressing.