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Soft silicone dressings
Soft silicone is hydrophobic and does not stick to a moist wound only to surrounding dry skin. Soft silicone helps to maintain a moist wound healing environment and makes it ideal technology for non-adherent wound contact dressings. Soft silicone dressings will not damage newly formed granulating tissue or epithelial cells. Soft silicone dressings will not lose their adhesion after initial application. This can help a clinician achieve optimum dressing positioning without wastage.
Factors contributing to painful dressings (EWMA survey)
The following factors, in order of most significant first contribute, to wound pain at dressing change:
• Dried out dressings
• Products that adhere to a wound
• Adhesive dressings
• Previous experience
• Fear of hurting
• Packed gauze
Soft silicone dressings do not match any of the contributory factors stated as a cause of pain at dressing change.
Atraumatic is a term used to describe dressings which do not cause trauma either to newly formed tissue or to the peri-wound skin. This term can be applied both to adhesive and non-adhesive dressings which can be demonstrated through clinical data to meet this definition. The results of literature reviewed (Thomas, 2003) clearly suggest that dressings coated with soft silicone appear to meet this requirement and could therefore reasonably be included in this group.
Due to silicone technologies hydrophobic, non-adherent, nonadhesive and optimum adherent properties the dressings can be used in a wide number of clinical applications. Use of soft silicone can significantly improve the patients experience at dressing change whilst prolonging wear ability.
Soft silicone dressings meet the following criteria identified as characteristics of an ideal wound dressing.
• Creates ideal microclimate for most rapid and effective healing
• Provides good absorption of exudate
• Provides sufficient mechanical protection to wound
• Is non-adherent
• Is non-toxic
• Is non-allergenic or sensitising
Soft silicone dressings will not lose their adhesion after initial application. This can help a clinician achieve optimum dressing positioning without wastage.