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April 16, 2022

UW Wound Academy | Dressing Selection

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UW Wound Academy
Dressing Selection
On-Demand Program


This module explores the history, background, science and decision-making issues involved in dressing selection.​

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe the history of wound dressings.​
  2. Describe the different dressing categories.​
  3. Describe a systematic approach to dressing selection.​


  • Introduction to the challenge of selecting appropriate dressings
  • Dressing selection
  • Wound dressing–a historical perspective
  • Important issues to address prior to dressing selection
  • Wound bed preparation and the optimal wound environment
  • Dead and devitalized tissue
  • Infection and critical colonization
  • Moist but not wet
  • Cellular dysfunction and biochemical imbalance
  • How wound bed preparation aids dressing choice
  • A systematic approach to dressing selection
  • Mixing dressings
  • Overview of products
  • The Wound Dressing Selection Model