Wound odor is caused by bacteria residing in necrotic wound tissue and it can be an embarrassing problem for both patients and caregivers. Odor from certain types of wounds cannot be avoided. But controlling it is possible with odor absorbent dressings so that the odor does not become overpowering and escape into the environment. These dressings are designed to control or neutralize the odor emanating from malodorous wounds such as surgical, traumatic, cancerous or gangrenous wounds, leg ulcers and pressure sores.
Odor control wound dressings contain ingredients that absorb the volatile molecules released from the malodorous wound. These dressings are multi-layered and usually have an activated charcoal cloth layer targeting odor absorption.The activated charcoal layer neutralizes offensive odors from fungating or infected wounds. It absorbs the bacteria and toxins. Combining it with an antimicrobial enhances the odor-control nature of the dressing.
Odor control dressings are also developed with other elements like cyclodextrin technology which absorbs and traps odor-producing molecules.
Odor absorbent dressings are highly conformable and absorbent. These dressings soak up exudate leaving a moist wound surface optimal for fast recovery. Odor-producing wounds are:
CarboFlex charcoal dressing from ConvaTec has five layers of odor-adsorbent material and creates a gel in the presence of drainage. CarboFlex odor control dressing is non-adherent and permits pain-free dressing change. Medline Exuderm OdorShield sacral hydrocolloid dressing uses cyclodextrin technology to absorb wound malodor.
The Biomedical Sorbian dressing from Alliqua is an odor control dressing. It works on hydration response technology that manages exudates and readies the wound bed for healing. This dressing effectively locks in bacteria and reduces odor.
There are odor absorbent hydrocolloid dressings and non-adherent odor control dressings. Choose from sterile odor control dressings, latex-free wound odor eliminators and waterproof odor control dressings from top brands like Exuderm and CarboFlex.
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Odor absorbent dressings are foam matrix dressings covered with a non-woven fabric for redolent wounds that result from necrosis, bacterial contamination and infection.
Odor absorbent dressings possess activated charcoal that absorbs odor, bacteria as well as exudate. It not only removes the molecules which cause odor but also the toxins and undesirable materials existing within the wound fluid.
Odor absorbent dressings should be used for the following wound types:
Odor absorbent dressings are available as:
Advantages of an odor absorbent dressing include its use as: