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Specialty absorptive dressing, wound cover, sterile, pad size more than 16 sq. in. but less than or equal to 48 sq. in., without adhesive border, each dressing

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Specialty Absorptive Dressing, Wound Cover, Sterile, Pad Size More Than 16 sq. in. But Less Than or Equal to 48 sq. in., Without Adhesive Border, Each Dressing (HCPCS Code: A6252)


This procedure involves the application of a sterile, specialty absorptive dressing to cover a wound. These dressings are designed to absorb exudate (fluid leakage) from wounds that are more than 16 square inches but less than or equal to 48 square inches in size. They do not come with an adhesive border and are used to manage and protect larger wounds.


The primary purpose is to manage wound exudate and maintain a moist wound environment, which promotes faster healing. These dressings are used for wounds with moderate to high levels of exudate, including surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, and other acute or chronic wounds.


  • Moderate to heavily exuding wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Large chronic wounds
  • Partial or full-thickness wounds


  • Ensure the wound area is clean and free of debris.
  • Cleanse the wound bed with an appropriate wound cleanser.
  • Assess the wound and surrounding skin.
  • Have a sterile field prepared if necessary.

Procedure Description

  1. Conduct a wound assessment to determine the appropriate dressing size.
  2. Cleanse the wound area thoroughly.
  3. Open the sterile dressing package.
  4. Place the absorptive dressing directly over the wound, ensuring full coverage.
  5. Secure the dressing with a secondary dressing or bandage to keep it in place, as it does not have an adhesive border.
  6. Document the procedure, including the condition of the wound and the type of dressing applied.


The dressing application typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the wound size and location.


This procedure can be performed in various settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care settings


  • Nurses (Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses)
  • Wound care specialists
  • Medical assistants (under supervision)

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or maceration from prolonged moisture exposure
  • Allergic reaction to dressing materials
  • Infection if the dressing is not sterile or wound care technique is improper


  • Reduced wound exudate and maintenance of a moist wound environment
  • Protection from external contaminants
  • Improved wound healing times
  • Possible reduction in wound-related pain


  • Change the dressing as instructed, typically every 2-3 days or when saturated.
  • Monitor the wound for signs of infection or other complications.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider for wound reassessment and further care.


  • Standard gauze dressings (less absorbent)
  • Foam dressings (different absorption properties)
  • Hydrocolloid or hydrofiber dressings (varied moisture management)
  • Alginate dressings (for higher exudate levels)

Pros and cons should be evaluated based on the wound type and exudate level.

Patient Experience

Patients might feel relief as the dressing helps in managing wound exudate and reducing pain.

  • Minimal discomfort during dressing change.
  • Increased comfort due to reduced exudate and potential odor control.
  • Continuous monitoring and regular dressing changes are essential for effective management and comfort.

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