Skin and Wound Care

Dressing Selections

The role of dressings in wound management includes1-5:

  • Supporting a moist wound environment and thermoregulation
  • Managing bacteria burden
  • Facilitating the removal of non-viable tissue and wound debris
  • Protecting the peri-wound skin and minimizing wound trauma
  • Reducing pain

Selecting a dressing is determined by the patient's results and wound assessment. Take into consideration1-5:

  • Goal of treatment (healing vs. non-healing or non-healable)
  • Patient’s needs, preferences and sensitivities/allergies
  • Wound characteristics
  • Product availability

NSHA Product Posters (by zone)





CLWK Product Information Sheets

1. Orsted HL, Keast DH, Forest-Lelande L, Kuhnke JL, O’Sullivan-Drombolis D, Jin S, et al. Best practice recommendations for the prevention and management of wounds. In: Foundations of Best Practice for Skin and Wound Management. A supplement of Wound Care Canada; 2017 [cited 2018 Jan 23]. 73p. Available from:

2. Sussman G. (2012). Management of the wound environment with dressings and topical agents. In: C. Sussman and BM Bates-Jensen (Ed.), Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Health Professionals (4th ed.). pp. 502-521. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

3. Krasner DL, Sibbald RG, Woo, KY. (2018). Wound dressing product selection: a holistic, interprofessional patient-centered approach (white paper). Wound Source. Retrieved April 15th, 2018 from:

4. Ovington LG. (2010). Dressings and skin substitutes. In: JM McCulloch, LC Kloth (Ed.), Wound Healing Evidence-Based Management (4th ed.). pp. 180-195. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company

5. Sibbald RG, Elliott JA, Ayello EA, Somayaji R. Optimizing the moisture management tightrope with wound bed preparation 2015. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2015; (10):466-76