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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