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Care of Wounds: Dressings

  • Heloísa Cristina Quatrini Carvalho Passos Guimarães
  • Sidinéia Raquel Bazalia Bassoli
  • Regina Maldonado Pozenato Bernardo
  • Marcos da Cunha Lopes Virmond
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Abstract

Care means responsibility and zeal, so caring for something or someone has a process that should be interactive with development actions, attitudes, and behaviors that are based on scientific knowledge, experience, and professional intuition. To treat chronic wounds one should know its etiology and include a multidisciplinary team in decision making. Healing of a wound depends on many factors and a slow healing process may lead people to isolate themselves socially. The choice of therapy should be systematized in its many components, including the identification of a dressing that promotes healing and physical comfort and leads to improved quality of life of affected persons.

Keywords

Wounds and injuries Care assistance Wound healing Advance care planning Occlusive dressings 

Notes

Glossary

Iatrogenic

Inappropriate result from medical procedures or treatments.

Biofilm

Community of microorganisms surrounded by a mucopolysaccharidic extracellular matrix, creating a cohesive film in the wound bed that serves as a common defense strategy of these settler microorganisms.

Lipodermatosclerosis

Concomitant presence of hard edema and slight pitting (sclerosis).

Maggot therapy

Application in the wound bed of larvae of the species Lucilia sericata or Phaenicia sericata in order to selectively remove the necrotic/devitalized tissue.

Ocher dermatitis

Extravasation of red blood cells in the dermis along the deposit of hemosiderin in macrophages.

Enzymes that promote protein breakdown.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heloísa Cristina Quatrini Carvalho Passos Guimarães
    • 1
  • Sidinéia Raquel Bazalia Bassoli
    • 1
  • Regina Maldonado Pozenato Bernardo
    • 1
  • Marcos da Cunha Lopes Virmond
    • 1
  1. 1.Lauro de Souza Lima InstituteBauruBrazil

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