Wound Management

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In this essay, I am going to discuss traditional and contemporary wound dressings and management techniques. I will be comparing the traditional dressings with today’s current modern dressing. When choosing a dressing many circumstances have to be accessed as what type of wound is it? This makes it a lot harder on which dressing should be used as there are so many different types available today. Many that are used in the veterinary practice are in fact used by humans.

When a wound is healing it is important to know the stages of healing so you can achieve the best possible outcome. Wound healing is the physiological process of restoring the continuity of tissues following injury. The two main processes are regeneration and repair.
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Activon Tube: pure Activon medical grade Manuka honey. It can be directly applied to skin or put onto gauze. Useful to maximise volume of honey placed on wound and for application into abscesses or cavity wounds.
Activon Tulle: triple layer gauze dressing impregnated with Activon Medical Grade Manuka Honey. Can be used on superficial wounds or dryer wounds and can be unwrapped to put around a limb.
Algivon: Calcium alginate dressing impregnated with Activon Medical Grade Manuka Honey. Useful for wounds that are producing higher levels of exudate as the calcium alguinate fibres will absorb exudate.

• Polyurethane foam dressings
Highly absorbent and act by drawing excess exudate away from wound. Maintain some moisture through humidity to keep wound moist. They are commonly applied on top of other products – e.g. Hydrogels or honey. The dressing has a semi-permeable membrane backing allowing oxygen exchange and controlled evaporation, resulting in a moist healing environment. Foam dressings with anti-microbial properties are now available. The antimicrobial agent is called Polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB). The Polyhexamethylene biguanide attacks the bacteria in wound exudate as it is absorbed. The dressing itself helps to maintain a moist environment and also preventing pathogenic organisms from growing within
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