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How to choose a wound care product

Expert advice and health tips to assist in selecting the right wound care product.

How to choose a wound care product

Fact Sheet How to Choose Which Wound Product Management Aims Wound Location Determine what needs to be achieved e.g. heal a wound, manage exudate, hydrate, treat infection, manage odour? Consider the depth, size, and position of the wound to determine which products will be most appropriate. Frequency Dressing Costs Focus on selecting the right product, on the right wound, at the right time, on the right person for cost-effective wound management. A Person-Centred Choose products according to the frequency of dressing changes e.g. daily dressings or extended wear products. Check a person’s compliance with wearing a wound dressing e.g. is it compromised due Behaviour to dementia, disabilities or other mental health conditions making it difficult to keep in place? Consider a person’s daily activities, mobility, and clothing to minimise the visual impact of the wound dressing and to maximise user comfort. Don’t forget a secondary dressing to hold a primary dressing in place, absorb exudate, or provide wound protection and/or a waterproof barrier. Secondary Dressing Product Comfort Remember you are treating the whole person and not just the hole in the person. © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this fact sheet may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.

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