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Management of Minor Acute Cutaneous Wounds: Importance of Wound Healing in a Moist Environment

Korting, H.C. and Schollmann, C and White, Richard (2011) Management of Minor Acute Cutaneous Wounds: Importance of Wound Healing in a Moist Environment. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 25 (2). pp. 130-137. ISSN 0926-9959

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Abstract

Moist wound care has been established as standard therapy for chronic wounds with impaired healing. Healing in acute wounds, in particular in minor superficial acute wounds – which indeed are much more numerous than chronic wounds – is often taken for granted because it is assumed that in those wounds normal phases of wound healing should run per se without any problems. But minor wounds such as small cuts, scraps or abrasions also need proper care to prevent complications, in particular infections. Local wound care with minor wounds consists of thorough cleansing with potable tap water or normal saline followed by the application of an appropriate dressing corresponding to the principles of moist wound treatment. In the treatment of smaller superficial wounds, it appears advisable to limit the choice of dressing to just a few products that fulfil the principles of moist wound management and are easy to use. Hydroactive colloid gels combining the attributes of hydrocolloids and hydrogels thus being appropriate for dry and exuding wounds appear especially suitable for this purpose – although there is still a lack of data from systematic studies on the effectiveness of these preparations.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: acute wounds, dressings, hydroactive substances, hydrocolloids, hydrogels, moist wound healing
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 10:02
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2011 10:25
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1465

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