WoundSource White Papers

A Comparison of the in vitro Bio-Physical Performance Characteristics of Silicone Foam Dressings Used in Wound Management

Wound dressings are required to effectively manage wound exudate and provide an optimal moist wound environment to support the body’s healing processes. Dressings must also deliver a balance of good adherence during wear time while offering minimal trauma to the wound and periwound skin during removal, and minimal pain for patient comfort and compliance. Foam dressings are frequently prescribed to effectively manage these criteria for exuding wounds. Foam dressings are available in a multitude of compositions and modes of action, with varying claims about the physical performance characteristics; however, all are primarily designed to absorb wound exudate and provide cover to the wound site to manage the wound environment.

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This white paper reports on the comparative results of several in vitro studies assessing the bio-physical performance characteristics of a range of foam dressings currently available in the market. 

In this white paper, health care providers will learn about:

  • Key aspects of wound exudate management using foam dressing devices
  • The comparative bio-physical characteristics of several foam dressing brands including fluid handling capacity, fluid movement and moisture vapor loss
  • The results of bioadhesion and adhesion testing among foam dressings of different composition
  • The benefits of foam dressings with gelling fiber properties in supporting an optimal healing environment and effectively managing exudate  

This white paper is generally written for wound care clinicians with an interest in product technology solutions. 

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