Lesson 3: Moist Wound Healing

Moisture Control is a term that refers to the management of moisture. It is critical to keep a wound dressing dry and undamaged since it will aid in the preservation of an appropriate moist wound healing environment during the healing process. Moisture monitoring at the dressing site aids in the healing process. For example, if there is a strikethrough or leaking from a dressing, it is necessary to change the dressing immediately. Too much moisture will cause the wound and surrounding tissue to macerate, and too much dryness will cause the wound and surrounding tissue to desiccate.

Patients will be more engaged in their own care if they are educated about the importance of moisture in wound healing and the signals to look for in their dressings that their wound is either too wet or too dry. This will also guarantee that moisture balance issues are addressed as soon as possible. It will also aid in the dispelling of some notions, such as the notion that wounds need to be “aired out” from time to time. Allowing wounds to air out can result in drier wound beds and lower temperatures, both of which can have a negative impact on wound healing and healing time.