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Composite dressing, sterile, pad size more than 48 sq. in., with any size adhesive border, each dressing

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Composite Dressing Application (A6205)


In simple terms, this procedure involves applying a large sterile composite dressing over a wound. The dressing pad is bigger than 48 square inches and has an adhesive border to stick to the skin.


Composite dressings are used to cover and protect larger wounds, promote healing, and prevent infection. They are typically used for wounds with moderate to heavy exudate, such as surgical incisions, pressure ulcers, and other significant skin injuries.


  • Large surgical wounds
  • Pressure ulcers or bedsores
  • Traumatic lacerations
  • Chronic wounds
  • Wounds with moderate to heavy drainage


  • Clean the wound area thoroughly with sterile saline solution.
  • Ensure the skin around the wound is dry before application.
  • No special fasting or medication adjustment is usually needed for this procedure.

Procedure Description

  1. Clean the wound area with sterile saline.
  2. Dry the surrounding skin.
  3. Remove the composite dressing from its sterile packaging.
  4. Apply the dressing over the wound centrally, ensuring it covers the entire wound area.
  5. Press down firmly on the adhesive border to secure the dressing.
Tools, Equipment, and Technology:
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Sterile gloves
  • Composite dressing (A6205) with adhesive border
Anesthesia or Sedation:
  • Not typically required


The application procedure usually takes around 5-10 minutes.


  • Outpatient clinic
  • Hospital setting
  • At home by a trained caregiver or healthcare professional


  • Nurse
  • Wound care specialist
  • Trained caregiver (in home settings)

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:
  • Skin irritation from adhesive
  • Discomfort during application or removal
Rare Risks:
  • Infection if not applied properly
  • Allergy to dressing materials
  • Monitor for signs of infection and seek medical advice if needed.
  • Use hypoallergenic products if there is a known material allergy.


  • Provides a sterile environment to promote faster healing.
  • Reduces the risk of infection.
  • Absorbs exudate effectively, maintaining a moist wound environment conducive to healing.


Post-Procedure Care:
  • Monitor the wound daily.
  • Change the dressing as directed by the healthcare provider.
  • Keep the area clean and dry.
Expected Recovery Time:
  • Varies depending on the wound type and patient health, but proper dressing changes can significantly improve healing times.
Restrictions or Follow-Up:
  • Regular follow-up appointments to assess wound healing.
  • Avoid activities that could dislodge the dressing.


Other Treatment Options:
  • Gauze dressings
  • Hydrogels
  • Foam dressings
Pros and Cons:
  • Composite dressings offer better exudate management and reduced dressing changes compared to gauze.
  • Hydrogels provide moisture but may not be as effective in absorbing heavy exudate.

Patient Experience

During the Procedure:
  • Mild discomfort during application, but generally painless.
After the Procedure:
  • Mild skin irritation from the adhesive border.
  • Feeling of better protection and comfort over the wound site.
Pain Management:
  • Over-the-counter pain relief if necessary.
  • Use skin barrier products to minimize irritation from adhesive.

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