An elderly patient has developed a pressure ulcer from long periods of immobility. The nurse places a transparent dressing over the top of the wound. Which best describes why a nurse would use a transparent dressing?


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- It allows the nurse to visualize the wound

- It is usually impregnated with antimicrobial solution

- It is stable even if it becomes wet

- It has the ability to absorb more exudate


There are a number of dressing types a nurse may use when caring for a patients wound; the type to choose depends on the extent and depth of the wound, as well as the amount of exudate present. The nurse may apply a transparent dressing over the wound to protect it and to still visualize the wound underneath. A transparent dressing is typically not useful when there are large amounts of exudate present.

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