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Hydrocolloid With Foam Dressing
Hydrocolloid With Foam Dressing

Hydrocolloid With Foam Dressing

Hydrocolloid Foam Dressing is a conformable, sterile, self-adhesive wound dressing composed of a hydrocolloid layer and a thin polyurethane foam backing material. The hydrocolloid layer is made from a polyisobutylene matrix containing a natural, highly absorptive carbohydrate polymer. Hydrocolloid foam dressing absorbs exudate from the wound and is permeable to both oxygen and water vapour but impermeable to bacteria. The absorption process is characterized by swelling of the hydrocolloid layer in contact with wound exudates, through formation of a highly cohesive gel providing moist conditions conducive to natural healing. The gel formed is non adherent to the wound so that newly formed tissue is not traumatised when hydrocolloid foam is changed or removed.

Composition: Psyllium Husk, carboxymethylcellulose, polyisobutylene, polyurethane foam backing.

Detailed Information


The application is very wide,which can be used in the following aspects:

Venous leg ulcers

Arterial ulcer

Pressure ulcer

Burns 1st and 2nd degree

Skin graft donor site wound Abrasions

Contraindications/safety information:

Hydrocolloid foam dressings are not good for very dry or necrotic wounds,and not suitable for the following cases:

Ulcers caused by chronic infections(deep fungal infections,tuberculosis,syphilis...)

Arteriopathy stage IV

Bite and 3 degree burns

Uncontrolled bleeding wounds

Wounds showing clinical signs of infection(temperature,pus,inflammation signs)should be treated under medical control before use of hydrocolloid foam dressing can be resumed.Please do not use if the packaging is damaged or opened.

Information for Use

Hydrocolloid foam dressing is very simple to apply,requiring no special skills or equipment.Dressing changes should normally occur when most of the hydrocolloid surface has been gelled;therefore the interval between dressing changes will depend entirely upon the state of the wound.On heavily exuding wounds,daily changes may be required at the beginning of treatment but this may be reduced to every 2 or 3 days as healing progresses or every 7 days for low exuding or epithelialising wounds.

Skin Preparation

Clean the wound with saline

Dry skin around the wound

Remove any remains of creams or greasy substances

Dressing Application

Select the appropriate size that will completely cover the wound surface,ensuring a 2 to 3 cm margin beyond the edges of the wound.If necessary,several dressings can be overlapped to cover very large wound areas.

Remove the protective printed paper and apply dressing directly to the wound surface;gently press on the edges of the dressing.No additional fixation tape is necessary.

In case of venous leg uclers,graduated compression therapy may be used in conjunction with hydrocolloid foam dressing treatment,when so directed by a physician.

Dressing Changes

Dressing is easy to remove due to the formation of a gel at the interface between hydrocolloid layer and wound surface.This makes for more comfortable dressing changes with little or no associated trauma,helping to produce improved wound healing.

Dressing should be changed after 24 hours to 7 days,depending on the amount of exudate from the wound,when a whitish blister has formed and approaches the edges of the dressing.Where leakage occurs the dressings should be changed immediately.

Gently remove dressing

Remove any remaining debris or gel from the wound,using sterile compresses.

Follow procedure 4.1 a)to 4.2 c)to apply new dressing.


The wound may initially appear to increase in size in the early stages of dressing treatment.This is normal and occurs as any wound debris is removed from the edges of the wound.This clears the way for healing.

In the management of moderately to heavily exuding wounds,dressing can only make the overlying environment more conducive to healing.There are cases where healing is impaired as a result of underlying conditions;in these instances,dressing alone may make little or no progress,and suitable treatment of the underlying conditions will be necessary as well.Therefore,if after 4-6 weeks of dressing treatment,there has been no improvement then,in line with accepted wound management practice,the original diagnosis and overall therapy should be reassessed.

Dressing should be left in place as long as possible in order to prevent trauma to the fragile newly formed tissue and to reduce cross contamination through frequent dressing changes.

A yellowish gel with characteristic odour can develop under the dressing;this is not a sign of infection but a normal phenomemon when using dressings which will disappear after cleaning the wound.

Thick necroses should be removed before applying dressing.

Dressings are intended for single use only.


Store dressings away from direct sunlight at ambient temperature and humidity.

Gamma Sterilized

Single use only

Sterile unless pack damaged or opened.


Hydrocolloid foam dressing is available in the following sizes:




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