Benefits of Silicone Dressings in Wound Care

Improvements to wound care and recovery have led to new research and materials being used in dressings. Dressings in the past were rudimentary and required ongoing changes in order to keep the wound in question clean. Today, combined with a variety of additional features like antibacterial agents, debriding agents, and proteolytic activity, and pH balancers, wounds have a better ability to heal and recover properly without undue stress through the recovery process.

The dressing itself also matters. In recent years, silicone dressings have taken precedence when it comes to wound care due to their various benefits.

Benefits of Silicone Dressings in Wound Care

The patient and the wound itself both benefit from silicone dressings. We have compiled some of the best benefits below; keep reading to find out more.

Reduction in Pain During Redressing

Pain experienced during dressing change can cause trauma to the patient and can exacerbate wounds. In fact, according to the World Union of Wound Healing Societies, changing of the dressing is one of the most difficult and painful parts of wound recovery. Traditional dressings tend to pull at the periwound skin, damaging the healing process and even resulting in longer recovery times.

Scar Reduction

Silicone dressings have a long history of being used in instances where scar reduction was a priority. Silicone dressings promote a healthy environment for the wound to heal and prevent excess damage from occurring. Silicone sheets work specifically to reduce or, in certain situations, entirely prevent hypertrophic and keloid scarring.

Improved Comfort

Soft silicone dressings are ideal for those with sensitive or fragile skin. Children and the elderly alike are both well suited to the silicone dressing. Of course, the benefits are for everyone. If patients find that dressing changes cause pain and stress, silicone dressings are a great alternative. The same applies to wounds where protecting the periwound skin is paramount to recovery.

Silicone dressings can be worn for longer, meaning fewer dressing changes are required. They also pull less at the skin during dressing change and are overall more comfortable for the patient to wear during their full recovery period.

How Do Silicone Dressings Provide These Benefits?

Traditional dressings use skin adhesive to secure them into position. Though the adhesives do not come into the wound itself, pulling on the surrounding skin can cause damage to the stratum corneum. Silicone dressings, on the other hand, remove far less of the stratum corneum in comparison to other options.

Traditional dressings, especially gauze dressings, also tend to dry out, during which time they tend to adhere to the wound and periwound skin. Though removal in these instances is essential, removing such adhered dressings cause damage and result in serious pain. It is recommended that if soaking the dressing to remove it occurs, that a new dressing type be considered immediately.

By choosing the right silicone dressing, the dressing will stay intact, can be worn for longer, and improves patient comfort and recovery. It vastly improves the patient experience and is also ideal for more serious wounds, abrasions, and even burns.

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