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Wound fillers are agents manufactured in a variety of forms, including pastes, granules, powders, beads, and gels. They provide a moist wound-healing environment, absorb exudate, and help debride the wound bed by softening the necrotic tissue.




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Wound fillers may be used as primary dressings to manage partial- and full-thickness wounds, minimally to moderately exuding wounds, infected and noninfected wounds, and wounds requiring packing to fill dead space.




* May be absorbent


* Promote autolytic debridement


* Easy to apply and remove


* May be used in combination with other products


* Fill dead space.




* Require secondary dressing


* Most dry wound fillers aren't recommended for use in dry wounds.


Source: Hess CT. Clinical Guide: Wound Care. Fourth Edition. Springhouse, PA: Springhouse Corporation; 2002.