Both Wet and Moist Wound Environments Accelerate Cutaneous Healing

  • P. M. Vogt
  • K. Breuing
  • P. Y. Liu
  • T. Binder
  • E. Eriksson


Since the early reports on skin wound treatment, showing that skin wounds epithelialize more rapidly under moist conditions than under dry [1, 2], a variety of water and gas permeable dressings have been developed. The principle findings of healing in a moist environment are acceleration of epithelialization and prevention of the progression of wound depth that is observed in a dry environment. In a previous study we have shown that if a skin wound is continuously kept in a liquid environment consisting of saline and cell culture concentrations of penicillin and streptomycin, eschar formation was reduced and the time of epithelialization accelerated as compared to air exposed wounds [3]. In this study we have directly compared three different conditions under which porcine partial excisional wounds can heal: Wet (saline in an occlusive vinyl chamber), moist (hydrocolloid) and dry (air exposure under gauze dressing).


Skin Wound Liquid Environment Moist Environment Wound Fluid Occlusive Dressing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. M. Vogt
    • 1
  • K. Breuing
    • 2
  • P. Y. Liu
    • 2
  • T. Binder
    • 2
  • E. Eriksson
    • 2
  1. 1.Klinik für Plastische Chirurgie und VerbrennungskrankheitenBerufsgenossenschaftliche Krankenanstalten BergmannsheilBochumGermany
  2. 2.Brigham/Children’s/Harvard Division of Plastic SurgeryBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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