How to Use Optifoam Dressings for Wounds

Optifoam Absorbent Dressings

Optifoam is an advanced wound dressing designed for wounds with heavy drainage. It absorbs large amounts of liquid while keeping the wound bed moist and sterile. As an added benefit, it regulates the amount of moisture in the wound bed, preventing maceration of healthy skin around the wound bed. Optifoam primary dressings have a lightly adhesive edge designed to come off without aggravating sensitive skin. Apply secondary dressings with medical tape or other bandages.

Optifoam Options

Optifoam comes as either a primary or secondary dressing. Normal dressings are either 4x4in (10x10cm), 6x6in (15x15cm), or 4x6in (10x15cm).

Optifoam also sells a dressing specifically for sacral wounds.

When to Use

Treats pressure ulcers, partial- and full-thickness wounds, leg ulcers, donor sites, skin tears, lacerations, abrasions, and 1st and 2nd degree burns.

When Not to Use

Do not use Optifoam dressings to treat 3rd degree burns or lesions with active vasculitis.

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Peter Oldani graduated college with a B.S. in biomedical engineering, worked as an EMT to gain hands on experience in emergency medicine and completed active shooter training as part of New York State’s initiative to prepare civilian organizations for disaster response.