First-line Interactive Wound Dressing Update: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence

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Wound management is a significant and growing issue worldwide. Knowledge of dressing products and clinical expertise in dressing selection are two major components in holistic wound management to ensure evidence-based wound care. With expanding global market of dressing products, there is need to update clinician knowledge of dressing properties in wound care. Optimal wound management depends on accurate patient assessment, wound diagnosis, clinicians’ knowledge of the wound healing process and properties of wound dressings. We conducted a comprehensive review of the physical properties of wound dressing products, including the advantages and disadvantages, indications and contraindications and effectiveness of first-line interactive/bioactive dressing groups commonly used in clinical practice. These include semi-permeable films, foams, hydroactives, alginates, hydrofibres, hydrocolloids, and hydrogels. In making decisions regarding dressing product selection, clinicians need to ensure a holistic assessment of patient and wound aetiology, and understand dressing properties when making clinical decisions using wound management guidelines to ensure optimal patient outcomes. This review has highlighted there is lack of high quality evidence and the need for future well designed trials.
Original languageEnglish
Article number155
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers in Pharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020


  • first-line interactive/bioactive dressings
  • semipermeable film dressings
  • foam dressings
  • alginate dressings
  • hydrofiber dressings
  • hydrocolloid dressings
  • hydrogel dressings
  • hydroactive (foam-like) dressings

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