Specific Dressings

Q18. What is the evidence associated with specific dressings to treat pressure ulcers?
1. There is Level 1 evidence from a single RCT that completion of healing for stage I and II pressure ulcers is greater with an occlusive hydrocolloid dressing compared to phenytoin cream or simple dressing post SCI.
2. There is Level 2 evidence from a single, small RCT that occlusive hydrogel-type dressings heal more pressure ulcers than conservative treatment post SCI (Figure 8).
3. There is level 1 evidence that topical phenytoin shows a trend towards healing of stage I and II pressure ulcers post SCI.

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Figure 8.“Hydrocolloid dressing on hand” from ConvaTec. 2010. Retrieved from http://convatec.com/en/cvtus-duodrrngus/cvt-portallev1/0/detail/1442/1444/1847/duoderm-dressing-range.html.