wet dressing

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wet dressing

Etymology: AS, waet + Ofr, dresser, to arrange
a moist dressing used to relieve symptoms of some skin diseases. As the moisture evaporates, it cools and dries the skin, softens dried blood and sera, and stimulates drainage. Medication may be added if necessary.


1. any of various materials used for covering and protecting a wound. A pressure dressing is used for maintaining constant pressure, as in the control of bleeding. A protective dressing is applied to shield a part from injury or from septic infection.
2. of a carcass of meat see carcass dressing.

biological dressing
skin grafts.
dry dressing
support and pressure bandages not applied to moist wounds.
occlusive dressing
plastic film placed over medication that has been applied to the skin enhances absorption by trapping moisture, raising skin temperature and concentrating the medication.
dressing percentage
see carcass yield.
wet dressing
soaking of a bulky dressing to aid in cleansing, drainage and débridement of a wound. May be applied intermittently or continuously.
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Reported treatments for leg ulcers in sickle cell disease patients include wet dressings, hydroxyurea, transfusions, recombinant erythropoietin, zinc sulfate supplements, and surgical grafts and flaps.