Journal Article

Wound Dressings in Diabetic Foot Disease

J. R. Hilton, D. T. Williams, B. Beuker, D. R. Miller and K. G. Harding

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue Supplement_2, pages S100-S103
Published in print August 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Wound Dressings in Diabetic Foot Disease

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Wound dressings represent a part of the management of diabetic foot ulceration. Ideally, dressings should alleviate symptoms, provide wound protection, and encourage healing. No single dressing fulfills all the requirements of a diabetic patient with an infected foot ulcer. Dressings research in this area is generally poor. However, each category of dressings has particular characteristics that aid selection. Nonadhesive dressings are simple, inexpensive, and well tolerated. Foam and alginate dressings are highly absorbent and effective for heavily exuding wounds. Hydrogels facilitate autolysis and may be beneficial in managing ulcers containing necrotic tissue. Dressings containing inidine and silver may aid in managing wound infection. Occlusive dressings should be avoided for infected wounds. All dressings require frequent change for wound inspection. Heavily exudating ulcers require frequent change to reduce maceration of surrounding skin. Dressing choice should be guided by the characteristics of the ulcer, the requirements of the patient, and costs.

Journal Article.  2046 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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