moisture-balancing dressing

Optimal wound healing relies on balancing moisture through exudate management.


Use the right moisture-balancing dressing at each phase of wound healing

3M advanced wound care dressings are designed to meet the demands of both clinicians and patients in the management of highly exuding wounds.

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    Ideally, the dressing should adapt with the wound environment, handling more fluid under heavily exudating conditions while retaining required moisture under dry conditions.1

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    Dressings should provide optimum patient comfort as well as effectively treating the wound, enhancing patients’ quality of life.2

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    Better care for every person - all skin, every wound, every time. With 3M as your partner for science-based solutions, we can elevate the critical role skin plays in the well-being of every person and move care forward to help patients heal with tailored treatment and get back to their lives.

When to select a foam versus a superabsorbent dressing

You can give your patients the best possible care by selecting dressings based on the skin condition and level of exudate.

  • Tegaderm Foam Adhesive dressings can be used on low to high exudating wounds and are designed with shapes that fit difficult body contours, and delivery systems that allow easy one handed application for areas such as the heel and elbows.

  • Tegaderm Silicone Foam Dressings, available in both bordered and non-bordered versions, are an excellent choice for wound management. With a unique multi-layer design, they manage low to high levels of exudate, giving effective wear time, with the added benefits of silicone - being gentle to the skin.

  • Kerramax Care Dressing is a primary or secondary dressing with 3M™ Exu-Safe™ Technology for improving patient care.
    Suitable for use on both acute and chronic wounds with moderate to high exudate levels.

  • Kerramax Care Dressing is a primary or secondary dressing with 3M™ Exu-Safe™ Technology for improving patient care.
    Suitable for use on both acute and chronic wounds with moderate to high exudate levels.
    Coated with an adhesive border.

Follow these steps to optimize wound environment and manage exudate.

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    Select the level of exudate expected until next scheduled dressing change. Assess if the skin is fragile or non-fragile.

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    Protect periwound area with 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film.

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    Consider compression therapy when applicable (recommend non-bordered dressing options)

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To help select the right wound dressing for exudate management, download your copy of the 3M Exudate Positioning Guide


3M™ Kerramax Care™ Super-Absorbent Dressings

  • 3M™ Kerramax Care™ Super-Absorbent Dressings

    • Sequestration and retention of bacteria and MMPs3*


    • High absorption and protection for patients

    • Dressings that support patient comfort
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3M™ Tegaderm™ Silicone Foam Dressings​

Where strong meets gentle.

Not all silicone foam dressings are created equal. Where others may fall short and fall off, 3M™ Tegaderm™ Silicone Foam Dressings deliver, providing impressive adhesion that’s strong yet gentle7, even in challenging body locations.​
Our innovative layer technology is designed with a superabsorber that helps minimize the backward moisture migration that can cause maceration.

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3M advanced wound dressing solutions can help to achieve the moist wound environment needed for optimal healing and protection of the peri-wound skin.


Resources and educational content

  • Our comprehensive portfolio spans the entire spectrum of advanced wound care and skin integrity needs. Find solutions based on the type of wound care application you require.

  • Discover the key challenges of venous leg ulcer management. In this article, you can find examples of solutions to achieve optimal outcomes for patients, including peri-wound skin protection, exudate management, infection identification and management and compression therapy.

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    1. Zehrer CL, Holm D, Solfest SE, Walters SA. A comparison of the in vitro moisture vapour transmission rate and in vivo fluid-handling capacity of six adhesive foam dressings to a newly reformulated adhesive foam dressing. Int Wound J. 2014;11(6):681-690. doi:10.1111/iwj.12030
    2. Hughes, M. A large-scale evaluation of managing moderate and highly exuding wounds in the community. Wounds UK. 2017;13(3):78-85.
    3. Dr. Cochrane, C.A. Evaluation of matrix metalloproteinases by wound care products. University of Liverpool, UK. July 2011.
    4. Jackson, S. & Warde, D. Determination of free swell absorption and fluid retention, and absorption capacity under pressure of Kerramax Care™. Crawford Healthcare Ltd. CHC R596. Knutsford, UK: 2017
    5. Thomas, H and Westgate, S.J. An in vitro comparison of MRSA and P. aeruginosa sequestration by five super-absorbent wound dressings. Poster presented at EWMA; 11–13 May 2016; Bremen, Germany.
    6. Cotton, S. The management of a chronic leg ulcer using Kerramax Care™ Super-Absorbent Dressing under compression. Poster presented at Wounds UK; November 2015; Harrogate, UK.
    7. Hei K., et al., Evaluation of the Wear Time and Re-stick Performance of a New Silicone Foam Dressing, Poster presentation at EWMA conference, Amsterdam 2017
    8. 3M data on file. 4x4 and 6x6 dressings, based on in vivo studies EM-13977 and EM-13978.