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Table 4-10 Wound Dressing Properties

Wound Dressings

Absorbent Quality*

Debriding Action

Frequency of Dressing Change

Stage

Polyurethane films (e.g., Bioclusive, Opsite, 3M Tegaderm)

None

None

Every 7 days or less

I, II

Hydrogels (e.g., Dermagauze, Flexigel, 3M Tegagel)

Minimal to moderate

Autolysis

Every 7 days or less

II, III, IV

Hydrocolloids (e.g., Combiderm, Duoderm, 3M Tegaderm)

Minimal to large

Autolysis

Every 7 days or less

II, III, IV

Polyurethane foams (e.g., Allevyn, Curafoam, Optifoam)

Minimal to moderate

None

Every 7 days or less

II, III, IV

Alginates (e.g., Algicell, Kalginate, Sorbsan)

Minimal to large

Autolysis

Daily to every 3 days

II, III, IV

*None, minimal, moderate, or large.

Table 4-11 Pharmacokinetic Changes in Older Persons

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