Key points

Key points

  • A large number of wound dressings are available with a wide range of physical performance characteristics and costs, presenting a challenge for healthcare professionals who are managing wounds.

  • Prescribers' ability to choose wound dressings on the basis of clinical evidence is hindered by the relative lack of robust clinical- or cost-effectiveness evidence.

  • Options for local implementation:

    • Review and, if appropriate, optimise prescribing of wound dressings to ensure that the least costly dressings that meet the required clinical performance characteristics are routinely chosen.

    • Prescribe the minimum quantity of dressings sufficient to meet people's needs.

    • Do not routinely choose antimicrobial (for example, silver, iodine or honey) dressings ahead of non-medicated dressings.