Frequently Asked Questions on Antimicrobial Dressing


What are antimicrobial dressings?

Antimicrobial dressings are wound covers that impact the bio-burden of the wound bed. They are effective in reducing risks of infection within partial and full thickness wounds, over percutaneous line sites and surgical incisions or across tracheostomies. Antimicrobial dressings are available in sponges, impregnated woven gauzes, film dressings, absorptive products, island dressings, nylon fabrics, non-adherent barriers or a combination of materials. The dressing possesses the potential to handle exudate depending on the characteristics and components of the product.

Antimicrobial dressings can be used in the prevention and management of wound infections. Certain harmful bacteria can delay wound healing through the release of toxins that damage tissues and increase exudate levels within wounds. Antimicrobials, such as cadexomer iodine products and silver dressings, can help minimize bacteria presence within wounds thus reducing risks of infection and inflammation.

What are antimicrobial dressings used for?

Antimicrobial dressings can be used in the prevention and management of wound infections. Certain harmful bacteria can delay wound healing through the release of toxins that damage tissues and increase exudate levels within wounds. Antimicrobials, such as cadexomer iodine products and silver dressings, can help minimize bacteria presence within wounds thus reducing risks of infection and inflammation.

How do antimicrobial dressings work?

Antimicrobial dressing work through slow release of active ingredients into the wound bed with the intention to kill bacteria with minimum impact on healthy cells.

How long to use antimicrobial dressings?

Antimicrobial dressings should be used as long as the wound infection is local and spreading. Once the infection spread has stopped, discontinue the use of antimicrobial dressing. If the infection continues to spread then stop use of the dressing and contact the doctor. An antibiotic may need to be given.