A closer examination of atraumatic dressings for optimal healing

Stephen C Davis, Jie Li, Joel Gil Rodriguez, Jose Valdes, Michael Solis, Ryan Treu, Robert S. Kirnser

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The concept that undisturbed wound healing, optimised by dressing choice, improves wound outcomes has become a focal point of consideration when evaluating wound management regimens in recent years. However, little evidence exists related to wound contact layers and the potential detrimental effects of the intimate contact with the wound bed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of atraumatic wound contact dressings on the healing of partial-thickness wounds in comparison to untreated air-exposed wounds. Using an in vivo porcine wound model the handling properties of each dressing in terms of adhesion were analysed. Methods of wound characterisation included histological analysis of granulation tissue formation and epithelialisation and this was correlated with various clinical observations. Differences were found between dressings in terms of adherence to the wound bed and surrounding skin, capacity to retain wound exudates and enhancement of healing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Wound Journal
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 17 2013


  • Adherence
  • Dressings
  • Porcine model
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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