Specialized wound dressings, which promote rapid healing, are available at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Advanced Wound Care Clinic.
These dressings are often used in conjunction with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), as well as a personalized nutrition plan and other wound care therapies in order to address underlying health issues affecting the body´s ability to heal.
Specialized wound dressings include:
- Alginates - absorb wound exudate and form a gel-like covering over the wound, maintaining a moist wound environment. Most alginates absorb many times their own weight. The dry dressing, however, is extremely lightweight.
- Biologic - gels, solutions or semi-permeable sheets derived from a natural source that closely resemble human skin in structure.
- Cellulose Derivatives - non-gelling material able to absorb without permanent bonding occurring.
- Collagen Dressings - specially formulated nonadhesive, non occlusive dressings.
- Collagen Products - combined with oxidized regenerated cellulose.
- Composites - multiple layers provide multiple functions, such as a bacterial barrier, absorption and adhesion.
- Foams - sheets and other shapes of foamed polymer solutions (most commonly polyurethane) with small, open cells capable of holding fluids.
- Hydrocolloids - wafers, powders or pastes composed of gelatin, pectin or carboxymethylcellulose.
- Hydrofoams - high absorbency, greatly absorb the exudation from the wound.
- Silver impregnated - gauzes and non-woven sponges, ropes and strips saturated with a solution, an emulsion, oil or some other agent or compound.
- Specialized Wound Coverings - consisting of composite dressings, foam dressings, specialized absorptive dressings and anti-microbial silver products.
The specialized wound care staff work one-on-one with patients, as well as their primary care physicians and other specialists for best results. Together they create a wound care healing plan specific to each patient's wound, overall health and any underlying chronic condition affecting wound healing.
To learn more about the types of wound care treatment available, contact a wound care specialist at 281-275-0770.