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Composite dressings combine varied components into a single product to address varying wound care needs and offer effective wound care management. They can be used both as primary and secondary dressings to provide a bacterial barrier and for absorption plus adhesion. Composite dressings can be used with topical medications.
Composite dressings can be used for light-to-heavy exuding wounds and on healthy granulation and necrotic tissue. They can be used on:
The bottom layer of a composite dressing is generally made of a semi or non-adherent material. This layer pushes moisture up into the next layer. It prevents the dressing from sticking to the granulating tissue of the wound bed and allows healing to continue.
The second or middle layer incorporates an absorptive material that wicks moisture away from the wound bed. This keeps the wound moist but does not allow skin maceration. It assists in inhibiting growth of bacteria.
The uppermost layer protects the wound from bacteria and allows air circulation. It prevents the moisture from leaking to the top layer thus reducing dressing change.