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Professional wound dressing

Anna Rogalewska, Patrycja Judycka

Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych SA

Evolving trends in wound dressing

From herbs and leaves, to gauze and bandage, to professional dressings, the practice of wound dressing has been evolving for tens of thousands of years. For over 60 years, Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych (TZMO) has been delivering trend-setting products in wound dressing. Over the years, we have made changes to our range of dressings and the way we make them, but one thing has been constant: we continue to take care to deliver top-quality products that meet the most rigorous safety standards. TZMO’s Matopat-branded medical products have always been a symbol of high quality, innovation and biocompatibility.

Choosing the right dressing: What should patients take into account?

First of all, it’s the kind of wound, as different wounds heal differently. You will need a different dressing for a surgical wound, or incision (such wounds must be dressed precisely, in a sterile manner, by qualified medical personnel in a suitable place), a different one for a new post-injury wound and a yet different one for a difficult-to-heal wound with substantial tissue loss. Once you have identified the kind of wound you’re dealing with, you need a professional dressing that will not only reduce the risk of infection and offer optimal healing time and effectiveness, but also help the patient feel more comfortable. There has been a noticeable trend in the use of professional wound dressings: in the past, they were used only by medical professionals in hospitals, but now they are making their way to pharmacies. As a result, professional wound dressings can today be used by patients at home.

The properties of professional wound dressings

For a small cut or chafe, a clean and comfortable sticking plaster will do the job. Apply it to the affected area and leave it for a scab to form and the wound to heal. However, in the case of more serious wounds, such as surgical wounds, it is advisable to use professional dressings such as those used in hospitals. Professional surgical dressings are sterile, absorptive and flexible, and designed so that the adhesive can keep the dressing tight on the affected area, preventing dirt or other unwanted matter from penetrating the wound. At the same time, the absorption material should be sufficiently protected to prevent direct contact of the dressing with the surface of the wound or with the surgical sutures. Professional dressings are also air-permeable to allow the skin to “breathe”.

Examples of professional dressings for surgical wounds include Fixopore S and Fixopore F. The former is made of flexible, nonwoven fabric that easily fits in even hard-to-access areas of the patient’s body and will not limit the patient’s movement. A nonwoven fabric dressing is the basic type of dressing used by hospitals for surgical wounds. This dressing has a special, smooth layer of absorption material that will not get stuck on the wound or suture, thus allowing for safe and painless dressing changes without the risk of damage to the absorption material. The adhesive on the dressing is hypoallergenic. The other of the two products, Fixopore F, is made of ultra-thin polyurethane film that keeps moisture away from the wound. This helps patients to go about their regular daily activities without having to change their dressings frequently and without the risk of infecting the wound. The benefits of modern wound dressings can be enjoyed fully if the dressings are used in accordance with the user’s instructions.

Educating patients

A pharmacist’s role is not only to help patients choose the right dressing, but also to educate them about the need for taking proper care of their wounds. Wound cleaning and correct dressing changes are essential and, apart from the choice of dressing, will help the wound to heal quickly and without complications. A general rule in professional wound healing is that dressing changes should be as rare as possible, following the recommended dressing use time, and as frequent as possible, depending on the appearance of the wound and the condition of the dressing.

For more information about professional dressings for different wound types, please visit: en.matopat-global.com