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Companion Animal Practice
Wound dressings unravelled
  1. Davina Anderson

    Davina Anderson graduated from Cambridge in 1989 and spent two years in mixed practice before taking up an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. After a further year in small animal practice, she returned to Cambridge to take up a Wellcome Trust Veterinary Clinical Research Training Scholarship. She holds the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery and a PhD for studies into cultured epithelial skin grafts. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her specialist interests are reconstructive surgery and wound management.


THERE is a myriad of wound dressings available on the market, each with a different function, and the ultimate choice of dressing depends on many factors, including cost. Some of these products have been developed for veterinary use, while others have been produced and marketed for human patients. There is no perfect wound dressing but, by understanding the way in which the different classes of dressings work, the veterinary surgeon should be better equipped to use these dressings cost effectively and to the patient's advantage. This article describes the characteristics and functions of the various types of dressings and outlines advantages and disadvantages of each.

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