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What are foam dressings?

Foam dressings are sheets and other shapes of foamed polymer solutions with small, open cells capable of retaining liquids. Dressings can be impregnated or combined with other needed materials. Each dressing will retain different amounts depending on the thickness of the specific dressing. Typically these dressings are non-adherent, so as to protect fragile skin and for easier removal. Foam dressings create a moist environment optimal for wound healing. These dressings allow for vapor transfer out of the wound while preventing bacteria from entering. These foam dressings come in a multitude of sizes and shapes, and are particularly useful in preventing dressing-related trauma, managing exuding wounds and reducing pain. Foam dressings can be used in conjunction with compression therapy and have a wear time of up to 7 days, though dressing change frequency will depend on the amount of drainage.

When should a foam dressing be used?

A foam dressing is best used on wounds that have a moderate amount of exudate, such as abrasions, incisions, lacerations, pressure ulcers, and draining peristomal wounds.  They are usually meant for partial or full thickness wounds. The foam dressing can be used as the primary dressing (meaning it’s the dressing directly in contact with the wound) or used as a secondary dressing (to cover a primary dressing for protection.)

They are primarily used when a warm, moist environment is desired for healing but they also work best when:

  • Cushion is needed to protect the fragile skin area
  • A barrier is needed against bacteria
  • A pressure injury has occurred
  • A leg ulcer has developed
  • Lacerations and abrasions are present
  • Wound has developed with hypergranulation
  • A partial-thickness burn has occurred

If there is softened necrotic tissue, a foam dressing is also a good option for care. 

How to choose the right foam dressing for a wound?

Foam dressings can be cut to specific body and wound contours, and for this reason, having different shapes, sizes, borders and technologies may allow for an improved fit. What type of variants are out there?

  • Non-adhesive foam or borderless foam dressings are versatile for under compression or for a variety of applications.
  • Heel foam dressings are optimal for fitting specific wounds in the heel and elbows.
  • Thin foam varieties are highly conformable and meant for increased patient comfort.
  • Silicone foams are ideal for patients who have skin tears, or sensitive, and fragile skin.


What foam dressing solutions are available at medi?


Advazorb from Advancis Medical is a comprehensive range of patient-friendly, absorbent foam dressings presented in non-adhesive and atraumatic silicone adhesive formats. Advazorb flexible foam combined with a layer of atraumatic Silfix soft silicone offer excellent fluid handling capabilities designed to overcome the complex challenges of exudate management with protecting 'at risk' fragile skin.

Advasorb comes in a variety of shapes, thickness, and sizes to accommodate most moderately draining wounds. The Advasorb collection resides in the “Healing” segment of the medi Wound Care Concept.

Breaking the cycle through active healing

The medi Wound Therapy Concept assists patients through the continuum of wound healing. From assessment to active healing and progression to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. medi provides a clear pathway to long-term success, breaking the cycle of chronic wound management