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Frequency Of Dressing Change

One reason it is important for your healthcare professional to select exactly the right dressing for each wound is to make sure that it does not have to be changed too often.

It is also important that the dressing is not left on so long that it either lets the skin underneath get waterlogged or dries the wound bed out too much.

  • Dressings will need changing more often during the early stages of healing, when the wound is most likely to be weepy.
  • As the wound heals it becomes less weepy. Choosing a dressing that can be kept on longer brings the advantages of preserving the moist healing environment without disturbing new tissue with lots of dressing changes.

That is why, during the course of treatment of a wound, different dressings are likely to be used and the frequency of dressing changes will vary.