wet-dry pack


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wet-dry pack

A pack or dressing placed in a wound or ulcer in order to facilitate healing or débride necrotic tissues. The dressing is moistened with the prescribed solution (e.g., sterile saline) prior to packing the wound. The dressing is then packed into the open wound. During the next dressing change, the removal of the dried packing débrides the wound. Alternatives to wet-dry dressings include gels and hydrocolloids, among others.
See also: pack