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A delicate balance

02 January 2018
Volume 2 · Issue 1

Just as with growing plants a delicate balance of moisture is required for wounds to heal and for maintenance of skin integrity. Either way, too much or too little moisture can result in problems.

During the wound healing process, moisture in the form of exudate carries the cells of repair to the wound site. Exudate is vital in wounds for the delivery of nutrients needed for cell metabolism, autolysis of necrotic tissue and as a lubricant for speeding up the migration of epithelial cells across the wound surface.1 The amount of exudate in a wound will depend upon several factors; size and location of wound, underlying pathophysiological etiology, tissue types in wound bed, and bacteria levels, however as the wound heals the amount of exudate should decrease.2 Along with using appropriate wound dressings and interventions, determining and addressing the underlying cause of moisture in a wound should be one of the first steps in management.

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