Non-Adherent Dressings

Non-adherent dressings do not stick to wounds therefore minimizing trauma upon removal or dressing changes. They can be placed directly on the wound and are easy to apply and remove. Non-adherent dressings are especially suitable for fragile and sensitive skin as also for wounds that are in the healing phase. They are soft and comfortable, easy to apply and remove.

How do non-adherent dressings work

These dressings are designed not to adhere to dried secretions on the wound surface. They are gentle on the wound and reduce damage to the skin when in the healing phase. Non-stick wound dressings prevent skin maceration and manage wounds with dry-to-heavy exudates. They can also be placed directly on an open wound.

When to use non-adherent dressings

Non-adhering wound dressings work on several types of wounds such as:

  • Venous ulcers/foot/leg ulcers
  • Partial thickness burn/second degree burn
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Donor sites
  • Partial/full thickness wounds
  • Laceration/abrasions
  • Superficial burn/first degree burn
  • Surgical/post-operative wounds
  • Acute/traumatic wounds
  • Full thickness burn/third degree burn/graft wounds
  • Low-to-moderate exuding wounds
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Moderate-to-high exuding wounds

Types of non-adherent dressings

There are several types of non-adhering gauze dressings to choose from. You can select from absorbent non-adherent dressings, foam non-stick wound dressings, hydrocellular non-adhering wound dressing, island non-adherent dressing, silver non-adhering dressing and more.


Non-adherent dressings are made by reputed manufacturers like Covidien/Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Medline Industries, Dumex/Derma Sciences, McKesson, etc.

Systagenix ADAPTIC non-adhering dressing is made of a knitted cellulose acetate fabric mesh which is impregnated with a specially-formulated petrolatum emulsion to provide a soothing coating for non-adherence. The ADAPTIC non-adhering dressing does not allow new regenerating tissue to be disturbed during dressing change. It also prevents maceration of wound surface and minimizes risk of pooling.

Medline Curad non-adherent pad has soft, perforated film that allows air to circulate and does not interfere with granulating tissue by sticking to it.

Another frequently used non-adhering wound dressing is Kendall Telfa non-adherent dressing. The Kendall Telfa Ouchless non-adherent pad provides the optimal balance of non-adherence and exudate migration. The Kendall Telfa Island non-adherent pad is bonded on both sides with perforated non-adherent film.

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