Talk:Dressing (medical)

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Skin damage from dressings[edit]

It is well known that dressings should be replaced with clean dressings at least once a day. I have known that for years and assumed it was to prevent the inevitable bacteria, fungi, etc. in non-sterile dressings from multiplying. But there is another reason for replacing the dressing every day and I just learned that the hard way. I accidently damaged my right thumb which got inflammed around the nail. My dermatologist prescribed an antibiotic ointment and a steroid ointment for the inflammation. To avoid contaminating everything I touch such as food, books, doorknobs, papers, etc, I covered my thumb (coated with the ointment) with a plastic glove thumb I cut from a surgical glove, and sealed the end with adhesive tape. Last week I got lazy and simply changed the adhesive tape every day instead of the whole dressing. When I finally removed the glove part, I saw that much of my thumb skin was dead and disconnected, hanging loose from my thumb. In its place was a new thin and very wrinkled dark red epidermis, probably an emergency reaction to loss of my original thicker skin. That was yesterday. Today, the redness has lightened, but the thin wrinkly skin has not yet been replaced with normal skin.

If any of you know of a reliable source that describes this unnamed trauma in the medical literature, please add it to this article and the bandage article. --Greensburger

Sterile field[edit]

I reverted the edit regarding the importance of maintaining a sterile field. This is not always necessary - see current guidance on dressing chronic leg ulcers in the community, for example [1]. Plasters (band aids if you're north american!) are also dressings, and nobody applies them under sterile conditions, do they? --John24601 04:56, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, I guess you have a point there. But it is important with more serious wounds to use sterile dressings and maintain sterile field. I think it is something worth including in there, but maybe not where I had it before, and I would need some more information about it probably. Sorry about that, and thanks for bringing it to my attention. HusikaSN 22:57, 11 October 2006 (UTC)

Modern dressings[edit]

I have added some stuff about modern dressings (dressings these days are rarely cloth), and will add a bunch more stuff about dressings and dressings performance in the near future.

Pete Phillips 13:35, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Surgical Dressings using 1% Acetic Acid, Pseudomonas aeruginosa[edit]

My old pharmacology text, Goodman and Gilman's 6th edition, page 971 covers the use of acetic acid as an antiseptic. It states, "It is occasionally used in 1% solution on the skin for surgical dressings." "Pseudomonas aeruginosa is particularly susceptible to acetic acid, and the acid may be employed in burn therapy." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 172.78.76.206 (talk) 19:45, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Consolidate with WP article, "History of wound care"?[edit]

The WP article

History of wound care

is stub-class, but does offer some value. See also its talk page.

If consolidated with this dressing article, the consolidated article might be superior to either. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ocdnctx (talkcontribs) 14:49, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Dressing (medical)[edit]

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An article that you have been involved in editing—Dressing (medical)—has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. Etan J. Tal(talk) 17:20, 15 October 2017 (UTC)