AQUACEL® dressing application guide

AQUACEL ® dressing can be used to manage partial-thickness burns.a


Evaluate the burn, debride and cleanse.



AQUACEL ® dressing is applied directly to the burn. Overlap adjacent dressing edges by at least 5 cm to allow for shrinkage. If the dressing shrinks or shifts, exposing areas of burn, apply additional sheets. Layer dressings if the burn is highly exuding, and secure it with a non-occlusive dressing (such as sterile gauze), tape, or retention bandage.

Burns tend to be highly exuding in the first 72 hours. If AQUACEL ® dressing has not adhered to the burn then the dressing can be replaced. If the secondary dressing becomes saturated, it should be replaced leaving AQUACEL ® dressing in place.




The burn is inspected by removing the secondary dressing and observing the adherent AQUACEL ® dressing. The AQUACEL ® dressing will take on the colour of the exudate. If parts of the dressing have not adhered, this may indicate infection or deepening of the burn. Cut away these areas and assess the burn. AQUACEL ® dressing can be left in place for up to 14 days.a



AQUACEL ® dressing is designed to detach during healing and re-epithelialisation. Trim the detached dressing with scissors. AQUACEL ® dressing will continue to detach as healing occurs. If dressing removal is required prior to detachment, water or sterile saline may be used or advise the patient to shower in warm water.

The dressing will harden over time due to drying out. To ease movement for the patient, particularly over joints and fingers, gently moisten the dressing with sterile saline.




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