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Hydrogel: An overused wound care modality?

from Wound Source

Hydrogel is supplied in an amorphous form in tubes, impregnated into gauze, or in a gel-saturated fiber mesh. Because hydrogel is not a pharmaceutical as defined by the FDA, it does not require a physician prescription. Due to its classification, the FDA does not require controlled clinical trials that prove its efficacy, and there is no reliable research comparing it to other wound care modalities, or even its predecessor, moist gauze. Hydrogel is a popular treatment for sacral and buttocks wounds, which always has me puzzled, as these are areas prone to moisture-associated skin damage and incontinence-associated dermatitis. more


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