Duoderm dressings are among the most technologically-advanced wound care systems on the market today. They offer gentle, pain-free care for wounds of all types, something that anyone who has ever experienced a serious wound knows is crucial.
Wounds are extremely painful, no matter how they originate. Whether it’s a healing burn, an abrasion or laceration resulting from an accident, bed sores or a diabetic sore, dressing and re-dressing persistent wounds hurts. It’s one of the most stressful aspects of the healing process.
Easing this painful process was the goal in creating the Duoderm line of wound care products. Duoderm dressings are made with the patient in mind, and are gentle to apply and remove. The pain associated with the application of wound dressings is greatly reduced with Duoderm dressings in comparison to most standard wound care products. This contributes to a better wound care experience overall, and minimizes the stress associated with application and removal.
Proper application of Duoderm dressings will help maximize the level of wear comfort, and will also significantly enhance the healing process. To apply:
1) Clean the wound. Wash your hands first. Then, follow the instructions given by your doctor for cleaning, if any. Most wounds can be cleaned gently and effectively using a mild, fragrance-free antibacterial liquid cleanser or professional-brand surgical scrub solution and a clean cloth. A sterile saline-solution is also a good alternative. Check with your doctor if you are unsure. Always avoid any vigorous rubbing, and rinse away cleansers under running water rather than with a wet cloth, which can introduce more irritants and bacteria into the newly-cleansed wound. Avoid alcohol-based products which can dry and severely irritate the wound and surrounding skin.
2) Allow the area to air dry. Duoderm dressings will adhere best to skin that isn’t wet to the touch. Never dry with a cloth, as this can create further irritation and can also introduce new bacteria into the area.
3) Remove the protective film. Make sure that you don’t touch the surface of the wound dressing when you do.
4) Place the dressing over the wound. Make sure that the dressing is centered over the middle of the wound’s circumference. If the wound is uneven, as many are, choose a Duoderm dressing that most closely resembles the shape of the wound. Dressings come in round, oval, square and triangular shapes, as well as ones that can be cut to fit. Press gently on the borders of the dressing to adhere.
One of the biggest advantages of the Duoderm wound care system is the length of wear time. Dressings can be worn between three and seven days, depending on the product and type of wound. Longer wear time means faster healing and less need to go through the painful process of dressing removal.
Duoderm dressings do not stick to the wound area itself. Therefore, the pain generally associated with removal is greatly reduced or absent. To remove:
1) Wash your hands.
2) Gently lift the border of the dressing. Continue lifting at the border until you can gently pull of the rest of the dressing.
3) Dab off any excess liquid. A wound that has not completely healed may bear some residue (pus or exudate). This should be dabbed away gently, preferably with sterile gauze rather than a washcloth.
4) Clean the wound as per the first step in applying Duoderm dressings.
Check with your doctor beforehand to determine whether or not you need to apply a new Duoderm dressing after removing the old one.
Jenny Schweyer is a freelance writer from the Pacific Northwest.
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