Conclusion and References


Optimal moisture management is a necessary clinical intervention that does require ongoing attention and revision by health care providers. Patients and their circle of care input can contribute useful information that delicately considers optimal healability along with ideal moisture management and controlled bacterial levels. Dressings need to match form and function including moisture management.

Key Takeaways

  • Clinicians, patient and circle of care collectively identify appropriate wound healability classification (healable, maintenance or nonhealable) for optimal treatment planning
  • Patient adherence does influence wound healability classification
  • Wound healability classifications directs wound management (desired level of moisture, dressings and antiseptics use) strategies
  • The interprofessional team need to be aware that the wound healability classification can change, requiring subsequent treatment modifications



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