Foil (semipermeable!)

photos: Riepe, Bültemann


- self adhesive, semipermeable (permeable for gas, not for liquids and bacteria)

caution: surgical drapes are not necessarily semipermeable, maceration may occur on wounds


Primary covering
- not or hardly exuding wounds

Secondary covering
- together with alginate
- together with hydrogel and foam
- for the exposure of anaesthetic creme (EMLA®)

caution: additional foil coverage reduces gas permeability of foil covered dressings, just cover the edges of the dressing with strips of foil for attachment


- parchment skin
- infections
- heavy exudation, maceration
- PAD grade IV


- always apply tension-free to skin
- for the repair of dressings non-sterile foils on rolls are available
- to remove overstretch slightly

Change of dressing

- on demand
- preferably several days duration (cost effective)

Link to producers

The WundUhr® - WoundWatch - offers an orienting productneutral overview of the basics of phase appropiate modern wound treatment. For further information about the dressing materials we recommend to consult the manufacturers. The missing improvement of a wound within 14 days must lead to the search of an overlooked source.

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