Episode 7: When to Keep Wounds Moist or Dry?
When should you air out your wound? When wounds are kept exposed to the air they will dry and form a scab. The purpose of the scab is to protect the wound from environmental contamination. But, at the same time, scabbing has some disadvantages.A scab forms a barrier to the generation of new tissue.
Exposed wounds run the risk of infection, which is complicated when patients have diabetes and vascular disease (PVD or PAD). Moist wound healing is considered the ideal environment for optimal wound healing. The development of a scab is no longer necessary, we use advanced wound care dressings that enhances the body’s natural defenses and healing processes to improve healing outcomes and contributes to improved patient comfort.