On Site Dressing Changes

Dressing Changes: What to Expect and Why They’re Important

The Significance of Regular Dressing Changes in Wound Care

When it comes to wound care, one of the key factors in the healing process is regular dressing changes. Whether you're dealing with a minor cut, a surgical incision, or a chronic wound, the way you dress and care for the wound can greatly impact how quickly and effectively it heals - as well as reduce the chances of infection down the road. At Advanced Wound Care, proper dressing changes are at the heart of everything that we do; however far too often we see patients who underestimate the importance of proper dressing practices and wind up with unintended consequences down the road.

Proper Dressing Changes Matter

In terms of how frequently dressing changes should occur, it depends on the type and severity of the wound and you should always follow your doctor's orders. Some wounds may require daily changes, while others may only need to be changed every few days. However the fact remains, frequency matters, as skipping a day here and there not only slows down the healing process but can result in infection, sepsis, or even amputation in extreme cases. If you are not sure of how to change a dressing yourself, a mobile wound clinic can come to your aid - and is available no matter your living situation. Mobile wound care clinics travel to patients homes, nursing facilities, independent living communities and facilities of all kinds to help where we are needed. You never have to feel lost with what to do when you have a wound care specialist by your side. 

Types of Dressings Used

In addition to following the recommended change schedule, you also need to ensure you are using the recommended supplies, as using the wrong dressings can delay the healing process or open a wound up to infection. Each patient that we treat is unique and so are the types of dressings that are used. Knowing what to expect starts with understanding the materials you are working with. In wound care the types of dressings used each come with its own purpose and benefits and are selected with intent from your treating physician. Some common types include:

  1. Alginate Dressings: These are made from seaweed and are highly absorbent, making them ideal for wounds with heavy drainage.
  2. Hydrocolloid Dressings: These dressings are designed to absorb fluid and form a gel over the wound, creating a moist environment that promotes healing.
  3. Foam Dressings: Foam dressings are soft and comfortable, providing cushioning and protection for wounds. They are often used for pressure ulcers and other wounds that need protection from friction.
  4. Transparent Films: These dressings are clear and allow for easy monitoring of the wound without removing the dressing. They are often used for minor cuts and abrasions.

A mobile wound care clinic ensures that you are changing your dressings according to doctors orders and that you have access to the necessary supplies for these changes, providing convenience and peace of mind. We bring everything needed for the dressing change, including dressings, cleaning solutions, and any specialized equipment, right to your location. An added benefit is that oftentimes this means dressings are covered by insurance and not an out of pocket expense, giving out patients one less thing to worry about.

How We Can Help

At Advanced Wound Care, we understand that dressing changes can be challenging for patients, especially if the wound requires specialized care. To address this need, our mobile wound care clinic comes directly to you - offering both comfort and peace of mind. Our team of experienced wound care specialists are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to perform dressing changes for wounds of all shapes and sizes. If you're struggling with wound care and find dressing changes challenging, let Advanced Wound Care be your solution.  Whether it's a one-time dressing change or regular care, we are here to support your path to healing. Contact us today to see if mobile wound care might be right for you.