oa Wound Healing Southern Africa - Research on wound dressing interface : review



The wound dressing interface represents the zone of contact between the wound surface and the material applied to it. Professionals choose the right dressing after a clinical wound assessment bearing in mind that the interface is of great importance. Pain management, silver ions or nanodelivered particles, control of exudates and bacteriological balance using antimicrobial materials are all factors impacting on the dressing surface. The dressing interface is so important that some medical materials are specifically designed to relieve pain at dressing change, others to deliver medication continuously, or to increase granulation tissue and enhance the stimulation of fibroblasts. The shape of the dressing, the chemical content and adherence to the tissue are important. Mechanical forces imposed on the wound by the dressing are also relevant, like the foam used in negative pressure therapy.


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