wound dressings, wound care management, history of wound dressings



  1. Baranoski, Sharon MSN, RN, CWCN, APN-CCNS, FAAN
  2. Ayello, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, MAPWCA, FAAN


PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence with knowledge of the evolution of wound dressings and future research trends.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Analyze the evolution of wound care dressings and future wound care trends.


2. Apply knowledge of dressing progression to clinical care in present-day settings.


ABSTRACT: Keeping abreast of the numerous wound dressings available for patient care is an ambitious task. Being able to differentiate among the various treatment options, when and how to apply them, in what combinations, and when to change them has become a challenge for all healthcare practitioners.