Hydrogel Dressings

Hydrogel dressings are transparent, usually gel-based and have exceptional wound healing properties. Hydrogel dressings play an important role in wound care. The advantage of using hydrogel for wounds lies in its high water content. It provides a moist healing environment important for fast recovery and regulates fluid exchange from the wound surface. At HPFY, we offer high quality hydrogel dressings made by the best brands in the business like Medline Industries, MPM Medical, Southwest Technologies, Dumex/Derma Sciences, and many more.

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How does Hydrogel Wound Care work?

The high water content of the hydrogel dressing keeps the wound area moist and offers protection from bacterial infection. Therefore, this dressing type promotes healing because moisture is important for wound recovery. Presence of moisture on the wound helps in autolytic debridement – that is removal of necrotic tissues from the wound surface. Hydrogel dressing also assists in wound granulation, epithelialization and epidermis repair plus offers trauma-free dressing change. Because of its cooling sensation, hydrogel gives relief from pain lasting up to six hours.

Hydrogel Wound Dressing Features

  • Has a high water content of 90%.
  • Requires a secondary dressing in order to keep it secure and hydrated well.
  • Needs changing every four days or whenever the dressing is seen to be wet and exudate-heavy.
  • Gel content in the dressing allows it to act as wound filler and fill in hard-to-treat “dead spaces”.
  • Non-adherent property reduces dressing change trauma.
  • Available in sheets, tubes, gauze, spray gel, pads, etc.

What is Hydrogel Dressing used for?

Hydrogel dressings are beneficial on wounds that are dry and painful.If the wound is necrotic, this dressing eliminates the need for too much cleaning-up during dressing change and are impermeable to bacteria and other infection. Hydrogel bandages do not adhere to the wound thus allowing for pain-free removal.

When to use Hydrogel Dressings?

Hydrogel dressings are beneficial on wounds that are dry and painful. If the wound is necrotic, these dressings eliminate the need for too much cleaning-up during dressing change. Hydrogel bandages do not adhere to the wound thus allowing for pain-free removal.


Hydrogel wound dressing products work on several types of wounds such as:
Pressure ulcers
Superficial burn/first degree burn
Venous ulcers/foot/leg ulcers
Diabetic ulcers
Partial thickness burn/second degree burn
Surgical/post-operative wounds
Laceration/abrasions
Partial/full thickness wounds
Superficial or low exudate wounds
Low-to-moderate exudate wounds
Arterial ulcers
Donor sites
Acute/traumatic wounds
Blisters

What are different types of Hydrogel Wound Dressing Products?

Hydrogel wound care gel products are available in adhesive and non-adhesive dressing types plus waterproof. You can select from absorbent hydrogel dressings, wound fillers, non-adherent hydrogel dressings, antimicrobial hydrogel dressings, hydrogel gauze dressings, adherent hydrogel dressings, silver hydrogel dressings, and transparent hydrogel dressings.

Different forms of Hydrogel Dressings

Hydrogel dressings come in three different forms, namely:
  • Amorphous Hydrogel: It is a free-flowing wound gel packaged in tubes. Because of its excellent viscosity, this dressing helps fill in deeper wounds which are difficult to treat. It needs a secondary dressing to secure it in place.
  • Impregnated Hydrogel: It is available as gel saturated onto gauze pads, gauze strips and non-woven sponge ropes. Hydrogel impregnated gauze dressings and the others can be used to pack in uneven wound surfaces. They need a secondary dressing to provide a protective covering.
  • Sheet Hydrogel: Hydrogel is saturated inside a fiber mesh which is thin and flat. It is available as non-adhesive but with/without adhesive border. Hydrogel sheet dressings conform easily to the wound area.

When not to use Hydrogel Wound Dressings?

Hydrogel for wounds should be avoided if the wound exudate is high and the wound surface is too moist. Therefore, hydrogel wound dressings should not be used on moderate-to-heavily exuding wounds.


Other Useful Links:

Hydrogel Dressing
Management of Pressure Ulcers
Wound Dressings and Comparative Effectiveness Data