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Hydrogel dressings are one the most widely used methods of dressing a wound. Made of roughly 90% water, hydrogels provide adequete moisture which can accelerate healing time. Initially, they were designed to help in regulating fluid exchanges on the surface of the wound.
Sheet dressings typically can be cut to fit the wound. The gel sits inside a thin mesh which overlaps between the wound and the skin without causing any harm. Other wound dressings can cause harm to the skin around the wound, making sheet hydrogel dressings and ideal choice- especially for those with sensitive skin.
These hydrogels include a separate gel compound that is added onto a gauze pad or strip. These can be laid over the wound, or packed inside if the wound is deeper or even. Note that these can require a secondary dressing to hold everything in place and provide complete protection of the wound.
These are free-flowing dressings which are quite thicker than the other two. Designed to be able to move into the deeper parts of the wound or puncture, amorphous hydrogels are flexible making them ideal for flow into the nooks and crannies of puncture and other deep wounds. While it is the most flexible, it often needs to be covered by a secondary dressing so that it stays put and helpful in the wound surface.