Wound care

Managing the challenges of highly viscous exudate

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, July 6 2015Posted in: Wound care

Exudate management is an important part of wound care. Exudate is normal in the wound healing process, but achieving the right balance to promote a moist healing environment is a challenge. Despite its importance, exudate viscosity is an underdeveloped aspect of clinical practice.

Infographic showing the challenges of highly viscous exudate

Much of the research done to date focuses on exudate volume, but exudate type can have a far-reaching influence on patients' quality of life as well as on the cost of care. Failing to manage exudate can lead to complications, including maceration, skin stripping, skin reactions, drying, inflammation and infection.

Learning about exudate and how to manage it is key to effective treatment. Applying appropriate dressings is vital to high viscosity exudate management, which again comes back to considering exudate characteristics overall (volume, viscosity), not just the amount of exudate in the wound.

Mölnlycke Health Care, supporting the evolving field of exudate management, offers several resources for better understanding the issues underpinning the challenges of highly viscous exudate. Insights into exudate management practices emanating from the survey are summarised in the document which can be accessed above. 

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