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Composite dressing, sterile, pad size more than 16 sq. in. but less than or equal to 48 sq. in., with any size adhesive border, each dressing

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Common name(s): Composite Dressing Application Technical/Medical terms: Composite dressing, sterile, pad size more than 16 sq. in. but less than or equal to 48 sq. in., with any size adhesive border (HCPCS Code: A6204)


A composite dressing application involves placing a sterile, multi-layer dressing on a wound. This dressing helps to protect the wound from infection, absorb exudate, and promote healing.


Medical Conditions or Problems Addressed
  • Chronic wounds like pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers
  • Acute injuries such as lacerations or surgical wounds
Goals or Expected Outcomes
  • Protection and absorption to maintain a moist wound environment
  • Prevention of wound infection
  • Promotion of faster and more effective healing


  • Presence of moderate to heavily exuding wounds
  • Wound dimensions between 16 sq. in. and 48 sq. in.
  • Need for a dressing with an adhesive border for secure placement


  • Clean the wound area as advised by a healthcare provider
  • Do not apply any over-the-counter creams or ointments unless directed
  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments required

Procedure Description

  1. Wound Cleaning: Gently clean the wound area with sterile saline or a prescribed solution.
  2. Dressing Application: Open the sterile composite dressing package.
  3. Placement: Position the dressing over the wound ensuring the pad covers it completely while the adhesive border secures the dressing in place.
  4. Securing: Smooth down the adhesive border for firm attachment.
  5. Documentation: Record the dressing change in patient care documentation.
Tools, Equipment, or Technology Used
  • Sterile composite dressing
  • Sterile gloves
  • Wound cleansing solution
Anesthesia or Sedation Details
  • Not typically required


  • The application process takes approximately 10-15 minutes.


  • Conducted in various settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, home healthcare, or nursing facilities.


  • Generally performed by nurses or trained wound care specialists.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation or allergic reaction to the adhesive.
  • Rare Risks: Wound infection if the dressing is not applied correctly. ##### Management of Complications
  • Immediate removal of the dressing if an allergic reaction is noticed.
  • Consult a healthcare provider for significant signs of infection.


  • Provides an optimal environment for wound healing
  • Decreases the risk of infection
  • Convenience of fewer dressing changes due to high absorption capacity


  • Follow instructions for dressing changes and wound care.
  • Monitor the wound daily for signs of infection or other issues.
  • Typical wound healing times vary based on the wound’s nature and patient health but may range from a few days to several weeks.


  • Hydrocolloid Dressings: Less absorbent, might be useful for less exuding wounds.
  • Foam Dressings: Suitable for varying wound sizes and exudate levels but may need securement. ##### Pros and Cons
  • Composite Dressings: Benefit of multi-layer protection and secure fixation with adhesive border.
  • Alternatives: May lack the integrated adhesive border or multi-layer protection.

Patient Experience

During Procedure
  • Minimal discomfort during the application. ##### After Procedure
  • May experience a snug feeling from the adhesive border. ##### Pain Management and Comfort Measures
  • Over-the-counter pain relief can be used if needed, as advised by a healthcare provider.

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