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moisture management, wound healing, antisepsis



  1. Sibbald, R. Gary BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC(Med)(Derm), FACP, FAAD, MAPWCA
  2. Elliott, James A. MS
  3. Ayello, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWON, ETN, MAPWCA, FAAN
  4. Somayaji, Ranjani MD, BScPT, FRCPC


PURPOSE: To provide an overview of moisture management and its importance in wound care.


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. Summarize causes and treatments for moisture balance issues of chronic wounds.


2. Recognize the properties of dressings used for treatment for moisture management of chronic wounds and antiseptic agent cytotoxicity.


3. Explain study findings of the effectiveness of dressing choices for treatment of chronic wounds.




To provide an overview of moisture management and its importance in wound care. The authors evaluate the impact of moisture management for optimal wound care and assess current wound management strategies relating to antisepsis and moist wound healing utilizing the wound bed preparation paradigm 2015 update. The discussion distinguishes the form and function of wound care dressing classes available for optimal moisture management.




Moisture management for chronic wounds is best achieved with modern moist interactive dressings if the wound has the ability to heal.