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Foam Dressings

Characteristics / Functions

  • Foams are highly absorbent dressings generally made from a hydrophilic polyurethane foam.
  • There are various absorption rates of the different foams on the market. Some have adhesive tapes surrounding an 'island' of foam.
  • Highly absorbent foams may allow the caregiver to change dressings less frequently. Foams that absorb exudate and keep it off the wound will decrease maceration to the surrounding tissue.

Best Uses

  • For heavily exudating wounds - especially during the inflammatory phase following debridement and desloughing, when drainage is at its peak
  • Deep cavity wounds - as packing to prevent premature closure while absorbing exudate and maintaining a moist environment.
  • Weeping ulcers, such as venous stasis.

Advantages

  • Very absorbent, can frequently be left undisturbed for 3 - 4 days.
  • Comfortable and conformable 

Disadvantages

  • Can cause a drying effect on the wound if there is too little drainage

Foam Dressings Available:

Product Manufacturer
- 3M
Foam Dressing (nonadhesive)
- 3M Foam Adhesive Dressing
3M
Vigi-FOAM Bard
FLEXZAN Bertek (Dow Hickam)
Silon Dual-Dress 20F Multi-Function Wound Dressing Bio Med Sciences
Lyofoam
Lyofoam A
Lyofoam C
Lyofoam Extra
Lyofoam T
ConvaTec
POLYDERM DeRoyal
PolyMem Ferris Mfg.
Hydrofera Blue Hydrofera LLC
BIOPATCH Johnson & Johnson
CURAFOAM Kendall
Mepilex
Mepilex Border
Mitraflex
Mitraflex Plus
Molnlycke Health Care
Allevyn Adhesive
Allevyn Cavity
Allevyn Dressing
Allevyn Island
Allevyn Tracheostomy
Allevyn Sacral
Smith & Nephew

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