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How to Use Hydrogel Dressings


Hydrogel dressings promote wound healing by donating or absorbing moisture in the wound bed, ensuring a moist healing environment that is ideal for healing. These advanced wound care dressings are specially designed to reduce discomfort in painful wounds.



What is a Hydrogel Dressing?

Hydrogel dressings contain 90% water in a gel base, designed to donate moisture to the wound bed. These dressings are ideal for wounds that are dry or have minimal drainage.

Our non-adherent, latex-free Hydrogel Dressing Sheet is made up of flexible fibers that swell in response to the drainage level of the wound, adding or donating moisture as necessary to maintain an optimal healing environment.

Hydrogel dressings can also be used to soften dry, devitalized tissue (eschar), assisting the body to remove it and make room for new, healthy tissue.

The high water content in hydrogel dressings creates a cooling sensation that reduces discomfort in painful wounds.




Advantages of Hydrogel Dressings

  • promotes moist environment for natural healing (autolytic debridement)
  • hydrates and softens devitalized tissue
  • non-occlusive, allows gas exchange across surface of wound
  • non-adherent, resulting in less pain with removal
  • facilitates tissue repair and encourages formation of healthy granulation and epithelial tissue
  • analgesic, cooling effect to reduce discomfort and pain


How to Apply Hydrogel Dressings

  • clean with wound cleanser or saline, pat dry
  • cut sheet to fit wound bed
  • cover & secure with secondary dressing (i.e Silicone Composite Bordered Wound Dressing)
  • recommended dressing change every 1-7 days, depending on amount of wound drainage


Uses for Hydrogel Dressings

  • dry or slightly moist wounds
  • necrotic/nonviable tissue (soft, yellow slough and dry brown eschar)
  • partial or full thickness wounds
  • traumatic wounds such as skin tears, minor burns
  • abrasions and superficial lacerations
  • radiation skin damage
  • pressure ulcers 
  • diabetic ulcers
  • surgical wounds and skin graft donor sites 


Considerations for Hydrogel Dressings

  • may dry out if not covered with secondary dressing
  • not indicated for wounds with moderate/heavy drainage or severe (3rd degree) burns




Our Hydrogel dressings have a cooling sensation on contact. Everyday uses include relief from burns and dry itchy skin patches. 

Advanced wound care professionals use these dressings to soften dry black necrotic eschar, promoting autolytic debridement and facilitating removal necrotic tissue from the wound.