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Wound Care Dressings: Collagens

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

In this series, we are featuring Types of Dressings. As Wound Care Certified professionals, we should be aware of the types of wound care dressings that are available to us to treat the patients in our care. Wound Care Dressings come in various shapes, sizes and have indications for their use.

Collagen Dressings


Description of Collagen Dressings
Collagen can be found in different types of connective tissues like cartilage, bone, ligaments and skin. Collagen dressings can stimulate the growth of new tissue in the wound bed. Collagen dressings can be found in many different forms, such as sheets, gels, pads, particles and pastes and powders. They are typically manufactured from bovine, porcine, or avian sources, and are purified to prevent reaction.

Indications for Collagen Dressings

* Wounds that have “stalled” in the healing phase
* Partial thickness burns
* Diabetic ulcers
* Pressure Ulcers
* Skin graft donor sites
* Dehisced surgical wounds
* Infected wounds, providing the infection is managed locally or systemically

Contraindications for Collagen Dressings

* Dry wounds
* Wounds with necrosis
* Third-degree burns
* Sensitivity to bovine products

Advantages of Collagen Dressings

* Absorb fluids (exudate)
* Help to maintain a moist wound environment
* Can be used with topical agents
* Accelerate the repair of wounds
* Conform to any shape of wound
* Non-adherent; will not stick to newly granulated tissue
* Easy to apply and remove
* The dressing can be left in place for up to 7 days

Disadvantages of Collagen Dressings

* Require a secondary dressing
* Can be expensive to use
* May be unpleasant for the patient due to unusual odor
* Application may be difficult

* Collagen dressings should be pre-moistened with normal saline if used in dry wounds
* Always follow Manufacturer’s directions for use should be followed.
* Monitor the expiration date on collagen.
* Ensure proper storage of Collagen Products

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