Edge Protection

photos: Riepe, Bültemann

examine edge closely
and describe it.

direct protection:

indirect protection:
exudate management

Die wound edge ist the origin of the epithelisation, the final phase of wound closure. It needs special attent and protection. Aggressive exudate and maceration destroy the protective layers of the epidermis, promote infection and disable the keratinocytes.

The following measures may be applied for edge protection.

direct protection:
- liquid films, strips of foil, thin foam, hydrogel strips, hydrocolloid strips, contact layers, greasy gauzes

indirect protection
- exudate management by hydrofibres, superabsorbers and certain foams.

Link to producers

greasy gauze over the edges

contact layer on the edges

hydrogel strip

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.

WundUhr® Design and text: Gunnar Riepe, Anke Bültemann
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