Collagen wound dressings create a scaffold on which cells can grow.

Among the many types of wound dressings on the market is the collagen dressing. This product has had excellent results for many patients, particularly those with partial-thickness/full-thickness wounds, skin grafts, and certain severe burns. These dressings may not be suitable for all types of wounds, but it’s up to you and your clinician to find the one that’s right for you. Prepare for your visit to the clinic by learning more about collagen wound dressings:

Collagen description

Collagen is derived from animals, generally cattle, pigs and horses. The collagen effectively supports the development of new cells at the affected area by providing natural scaffolding on which the tissue can grow. Additionally, as Wound Care Advisor explains, it encourages three essential wound healing processes: debridement (the removal of dead tissue), angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) and reepithelialization (migration of epidermal cells from the edges of the wound to the center).

When to use collagen dressings

While you should seek the advice of a clinician when determine the best wound care option for your specific situation, it may be beneficial to understand the indications for this product. Examples of wounds that generally benefit from collagen dressings include:

  • Wound of partial and full thickness
  • Skin grafts
  • Minimal to heavy exudate wounds
  • Second-degree burns
  • Necrotic or granulating wounds
  • Chronic non-healing wounds (the collagen can jump-start healing in wounds stuck in the inflammatory phase)

When not to use collagen dressings

There are some circumstances when collagen wound dressings should not be used. These generally include:

  • Third-degree burns
  • Wounds covered in dry eschar
  • The patient is sensitive to bovine, porcine or avian product