Frequently Asked Questions on Absorbent Dressings


What are absorbent dressings?

Absorbent dressings are multi-layered wound coverings with a semi-adherent or non-adherent layer combined with highly absorptive layers of fibers like cellulose, cotton or rayon. These dressings are designed to reduce adherence to the wound and manage exudate. They can be used either as a primary or secondary dressing for managing surgical incisions, lacerations, abrasions, burns, donor or skin graft sites or with any exuding wound.

Are absorbent dressings odor absorbing?

Yes, absorbent dressings absorb odor as they are multi-layered and can cope with infected malodorous wounds. The layer of activated charcoal within ensures effective odor absorption.

Can absorbent dressings be used under compression?

Certain absorbent dressings can be used under a compression bandage to absorb and remove exudates. But if a wound is producing a lot of exudate then using compression bandaging here may not be advisable. However, it is important to check the instructions provided by the manufacturer regarding this.

How to select the right absorbent dressing?

Selection will depend on the characteristics of the wound and its healing stage. It is important to check the amount of exudate the wound is producing. Each patient has different requirements which must be kept in mind when selecting absorbent dressings. Certain factors that matter are:

  • Your wound type – dry or heavily exuding
  • Will dressing stick to the wound
  • Condition of the patient’s skin – fragile or healthy
  • Cost effectiveness
What types of wounds can an absorbent dressing be used for?
Absorbents dressings can be used for:
  • Burns
  • Exuding wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Scratch
  • Surgical cut
  • Donor or skin graft sites