Hydrocolloid dressing is a type of dressing that promotes wound healing and creates a warm and moist environment for wounds. It is effective in promoting the healing of minor skin lacerations or abrasions (grade I). Skin lacerations, also known as skin tears, are open soft tissue injuries caused by blunt trauma or impact, with irregular edges. They often occur in collisions between the body and hard objects (including human to human contact) and are frequently seen on the brow, jaw, scalp, and face.
No sticky gel residue. Hydrocolloid dressing avoids the inconvenience and pain of rinsing due to residual substances, preventing bacterial invasion and infection when repeatedly washing the wound.
Helps to stop bleeding. When the wound is bleeding and producing exudate, hydrocolloid dressing can absorb the exudate. When it reaches saturation, the hydrocolloid dressing will form a milky white gel, indicating that it is time to change the dressing.
Flat and smooth, suitable for wounds. In caring for skin lacerations, dressing edges need to be flat, without curling or other unfavorable phenomena that could allow bacteria to invade the wound and hinder healing and recovery.
Accelerates wound healing. Hydrocolloid dressing creates a safe and moist wound healing environment, having a high water-absorbent polymer with carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) particles to help accelerate wound healing, promote epithelialization, granulation formation, cellulose and necrotic material degradation, and inhibit bacterial growth and spreading.
Reduces the number of dressing changes. In the absence of exudate, hydrocolloid dressing can be used for up to seven days, depending on the patient’s wound condition. The number of dressing changes required can be determined by the level of exudate and the effectiveness of recovery. Studies have shown that using hydrocolloid dressing can effectively reduce the frequency of dressing changes.
Aesthetically pleasing. For women who care about their appearance, traditional bandages used for skin lacerations are not attractive, causing many to choose to avoid public eye. Hydrocolloid dressing is sometimes called artificial skin because it is colored to match the skin and perfectly adheres to it, making it the preferred choice of beauty aficionados.
Reduces scar formation and protects the skin. The moist environment created by hydrocolloid dressing can prevent scab formation and reduce the formation of scars. The soft and comfortable texture of hydrocolloid dressing helps to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by skin friction, protecting the skin.