Although not as widely discussed as bigger health conditions like cancer, diabetes or heart disease, a chronic wound is actually considered a silent epidemic because, in the United States alone, 6.5 million patients are suffering from it. In fact, at least 1-2% of the population in developed countries has experienced a chronic wound in their lifetime.
The good thing about a chronic wound, however, is that it’s completely preventable with the right techniques that help promote wound healing, one of which is a proper wound dressing. For light to moderate wounds like abrasions and minor burns, a Jelonet dressing is commonly used to provide a moist environment for the wound to properly heal in the quickest time possible.
What is Jelonet dressing?
There are many dressings available in the market, but Jelonet dressing is a choice among a lot of healthcare providers because it gets the job done when it comes to wound dressing.
This non-medicated gauze dressing is designed to be latex-free, low-adherent and soothing so it allows for the exudate to move freely to the secondary dressing while keeping the wound bed as moist as possible.
Jelonet dressings also use open weave gauze that can be cut to any shape without worrying about fraying. It is also safe to use with any antiseptic or topical antibiotic, which is why it’s highly recommended by a lot of healthcare professionals.
What are the uses of a Jelonet dressing?
A Jelonet wound dressing is commonly used to dress minor burns and scalds, skin graft sites and other types of wounds that involve a loss of skin mainly because the gauze doesn’t stick to the wound, which can be very painful to remove during a dressing change.
This type of dressing is also used for lacerations, abrasions and even leg ulcers for the same reason that it doesn’t adhere to the wound bed, it allows for free movement of the wound exudate and it promotes faster wound healing through proper moisture of the affected area.
When is Jelonet dressing not applicable to a wound?
Although Jelonet dressing is one of the best types of wound dressing out there, it still has some limitations with its uses. For instance, when you use Jelonet dressing on a wound with a lot of exudates, it could cause semi-occlusive tissue maceration, which might prevent the heavy exudates from draining into the secondary dressing and could potentially lead to an infection.
You should also take note that using a Jelonet dressing means daily changes depending on the condition of the wound, especially since this type of dressing is not absorbent.
To make sure that you’re using Jelonet dressing properly and for the right type of wound, it’s still best to consult your doctor for advice, especially if you’re applying it on a leg ulcer where you might need to apply an antibiotic or antiseptic before putting the dressing on the wound.
If you notice any redness, itching or discomfort on the area where Jelonet dressing is applied, make sure to consult your doctor right away to avoid further complications.
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